Multi-million pound deal to expand Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood

Borehamwood Times: Multi-million pound deal to expand Elstree Studios Multi-million pound deal to expand Elstree Studios

Multi-million pound plans to expand Elstree Studios and provide an economic boost in Hertsmere have taken a major step forward.

Hertsmere Borough Council, owners of the Shenley Road studios, accepted a £2million loan towards the £4.5million project from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growing Places Fund.

The leading film and TV studios attract top feature films – such as Oscar winning The King’s Speech – but a lack of studio space has meant projects have been turned away.

The cash will be used to clear four acres of land at Elstree Studios, and construct new film and television production facilities.

The multi-million pound investment will be the largest the site has seen in 15 years, bringing in a further £.05million per year for the studios. The studios currently generate £1.1million in rental income for the council – the equivalent of 15 per cent of the council tax subsidized for every home in the borough.

Income from the studios will also help keep council tax charges low.

Council leader and chairman of the board of directors at the studios, Morris Bright, said: “Both the council and the studios are looking forward to moving ahead with this exciting project for the benefit of the media industry and residents of Hertsmere.

“Elstree Studios are a key part of our local economy and a source of great pride to residents.

“Despite the economic downturn, the studios remain busy around-the-clock, and from next year will also be providing a home for the BBC and some of its most popular shows for the next two and a half years while the BBC Studios at White City are being rebuilt.”

Roger Morris, managing director of the studios, said the expansion plans would help create more opportunities for the studios, securing its place at the heart of the film and television industry.

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12:07pm Tue 20 Nov 12

harryfielder says...

Well done to all....I worked at the studios in the good days of the 60s/70s/80s and 90s.. and have visited a few times since,, I have just finished writing my book about my life in the biz.. See harry fielder on web..
Well done to all....I worked at the studios in the good days of the 60s/70s/80s and 90s.. and have visited a few times since,, I have just finished writing my book about my life in the biz.. See harry fielder on web.. harryfielder

3:00pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Gallarda says...

Sounds nice, hopeffully someone will remember to keep an eye on the queues those programms such as bigbrother makes, as some people are forced to walk on the road while pavements are being used as seats for those queing..! not to mention the rubbish and how cars park in the wrong places.. winter time with the snow gets even worse!
Sounds nice, hopeffully someone will remember to keep an eye on the queues those programms such as bigbrother makes, as some people are forced to walk on the road while pavements are being used as seats for those queing..! not to mention the rubbish and how cars park in the wrong places.. winter time with the snow gets even worse! Gallarda

5:41pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Palma21 says...

Can someone please tell me why it is called Elstree Studios when it is slap-bang in the middle of Borehamwood - same at BBC Elstree studios. It is an insult to Borehamwood !
Can someone please tell me why it is called Elstree Studios when it is slap-bang in the middle of Borehamwood - same at BBC Elstree studios. It is an insult to Borehamwood ! Palma21

6:19pm Tue 20 Nov 12

TFEB says...

They were called Elstree Studios as they were built in the Parish of Elstree and Borehamwood was only a small village at the time.

Borehamwood only grew significantly when they cleared the poor housing in London post war and created the so-called overspill towns.
They were called Elstree Studios as they were built in the Parish of Elstree and Borehamwood was only a small village at the time. Borehamwood only grew significantly when they cleared the poor housing in London post war and created the so-called overspill towns. TFEB

12:56pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Beesbird says...

Just imagine had the council not decided to sell the original studios land & stages to build a tesco they wouldn't need the 2m to rebuild it again 20+ yrs later!?!?!
Just imagine had the council not decided to sell the original studios land & stages to build a tesco they wouldn't need the 2m to rebuild it again 20+ yrs later!?!?! Beesbird

9:36am Thu 22 Nov 12

harryfielder says...

When i worked there in the 60s we also had MGM Studios just up the road.. Busy times back then..
When i worked there in the 60s we also had MGM Studios just up the road.. Busy times back then.. harryfielder

6:05am Fri 23 Nov 12

studio 70 says...

Hooray more reality TV shows and more of the muppets who have nothing better to do than wait around to catch a glimse of some unknown idiot who gets on TV and suddenly thinks they are a) important b) famous or c) interesting.

I am waiting for "I'm a totally idiot get me out of here" -
Set in the queue of hope morans, waiting to catch a glimpse a Big Brother contestant or the hateful Davina; the show has the queuers pitting their wits against each other to answer questions such as-
"how much is a bottle of 20 20 at Aldi and how many can you get home or the handles of a McLaren stroller" or "If you have 20 Regal and give you 13year old daughter 3 and the father of you 4th child 2 and you smoke 4 yourself how many can your 7 year son nick from your bag when you are comatose on the bathroom floor"?
The person that can string 9 words together without dribbling wins. Jayne Collins would be a good contestant, though sadly probably wouldnt win as she would end up starting a fight.
Hooray more reality TV shows and more of the muppets who have nothing better to do than wait around to catch a glimse of some unknown idiot who gets on TV and suddenly thinks they are a) important b) famous or c) interesting. I am waiting for "I'm a totally idiot get me out of here" - Set in the queue of hope morans, waiting to catch a glimpse a Big Brother contestant or the hateful Davina; the show has the queuers pitting their wits against each other to answer questions such as- "how much is a bottle of 20 20 at Aldi and how many can you get home or the handles of a McLaren stroller" or "If you have 20 Regal and give you 13year old daughter 3 and the father of you 4th child 2 and you smoke 4 yourself how many can your 7 year son nick from your bag when you are comatose on the bathroom floor"? The person that can string 9 words together without dribbling wins. Jayne Collins would be a good contestant, though sadly probably wouldnt win as she would end up starting a fight. studio 70

9:33am Fri 23 Nov 12

eric 2 says...

these studio's would be an ideal place to make the jeremy kyle show as there would be no shortage of local chavs to appear on the show and keep it going for years.
these studio's would be an ideal place to make the jeremy kyle show as there would be no shortage of local chavs to appear on the show and keep it going for years. eric 2

11:37am Fri 23 Nov 12

Reader (R) says...

At least MGM got it right! their film credits were "Made at MGM Studios, Borehamwood, England".

They obviously were not swayed by the Elstree Tag. If any of the banners in Shenley Road refer to films made by MGM then they need to be changed. MGM was never an Elstree Film Studio.
At least MGM got it right! their film credits were "Made at MGM Studios, Borehamwood, England". They obviously were not swayed by the Elstree Tag. If any of the banners in Shenley Road refer to films made by MGM then they need to be changed. MGM was never an Elstree Film Studio. Reader (R)

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