Great news in from Pinewood: they are opening a new facility in the Dominican Republic.
The facility will offer 5,000 sq m of sound stage space along with 15,000 sq m of associated production support facilities. The 35 acre site will include an 8 acre water effects facility including a 75m x 75m exterior water tank with natural ocean horizons, blue screen capabilities and a fully equipped diving and marine department. When completed it will be the only tank of its type and size in the region. Construction starts this month (feb).
It is good news but really a great shame for the British Film industry as it was Buckinghamshire County Council who refused to pass planning permission for Pinewood to expand its facility here. They did want to invest £200 million for a scheme that would have included a permanent lot designed to replicate European and American locations. The lots would have included a Parisian square, a Venetian canal and the brownstones of NewYork. There was also talk of opening it up to the public as a theme type park. They would have also created a large number of houses for the local area as well as more jobs. Great for the Dominican Republic but not so great for the British Film Industry...Ta Beaurocrats!