Shinfield Studios could get even bigger as construction continues on the site Disney and others will use
Berkshire’s brand new film studio could get even bigger, with plans now in place for an additional studio to be built at Thames Valley Science Park. Shinfield Studios has applied for permission to construct a temporary building, named Workshop T1.2, for five years, as the company needs additional workshop space to support its operations at the site dubbed “Cine Valley”.
Plans to transform the Thames Valley Science Park, which is owned by the University of Reading, into a ‘creative media hub’ for film and TV production were approved in October last year. While much of the park will be devoted to scientific research, a substantial part of it is given over to cinematography at Shinfield Studios, which has been described as a “new powerhouse of film, television production and British innovation.
If the new proposal is approved, the site will be operational this summer after an urgent request from the studio occupier for space to support its film production – before the other buildings are completed. The proposed new 750m² workshop would be located in the southern area of Shinfield Studios, which is south of Cutbush Lane – east of Shinfield Grange and north of Oldhouse Farm.
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Workshop T1.2 would be 30 meters x 25 meters – with a total height of 10.3 meters. The proposal also includes the provision of 15 parking spaces which will be located on the agricultural land to the south of the Shinfield Studios site.
Construction of previously approved plans has already begun at the site, which will eventually see the development of 18 sound stages and seven workshops for film and television production, five offices to support filming activities and a central hub. Four of the stages have now been built and it is hoped that the remaining 14 will be completed in 2024.
Shinfield Studios Co-Chief Executive Nick Smith said: “We are now well on our way to creating a premier media center in the heart of Berkshire. In addition to the four stages already built, we plan to open two more stages at the end of this year, seven in 2023 and the completion of all 18 stages in 2024.”
Last December, it was confirmed that Disney would be the first customer to use Shinfield Studios once certain scenes were ready for use. When completed, the Hub will have spaces for 1,375 cars, 154 electric vehicle charging stations, 64 motorcycle spaces and 160 bicycle spaces.
Shinfield Studios, part of Blackhall Global Partners, expects the hub to generate around £600m a year for the UK economy and estimates the project will bring more than 3,000 jobs to the Berkshire area.