Northern Ireland gets £14 million studio boost
by Naman Ramachandran
- Planning approval granted for expansion of Titanic Studios
The vibrant Northern Ireland production sector has received a fillip after planning permission has been granted for a £14 million expansion of Belfast’s Titanic Studios. The extra 100,000 square feet capacity will house two more studios and workshops, office space and parking facilities and will feature roof mounted solar panels. The studio is best known for hosting the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said, “This planning application for two film studios and supporting facilities would, if constructed, put Belfast on the map as one of Europe's largest film production locations. The use of sustainable technology with the roof-mounted solar panel system is also to be welcomed. These photovoltaic roof-mounted panels convert solar radiation into electricity which reduces costs – a win-win for business and the environment.”
Northern Ireland Screen Chief Executive Richard Williams said, “As we move into a new phase of international activity, on the back of the new tax breaks for high-end television drama and animation, Northern Ireland Screen needs to be able to assure the global industry of our continued capability to house large-scale international productions. There is no doubt that the demand for further studio infrastructure exists and the construction of more stages can only assist us with attracting further projects.”