Shinfield Studios planning permission granted.

Shinfield Studios in Reading is another addition to the UK’s ever-mushrooming production capacity (for details of other recent developments see the UK Studio Watch tag on this site).

Located very close the M4 and nearly 5 miles away from the train station, it’s owned by affiliates of LA-based Commonwealth Asset Management, who are planning to create a global film studios operation (they’re also developing a 93-acre site in LA). It has now been granted full planning permission, with the studio is expected to be in full swing by the end of 2024, but many of the facilities will be in use well before then.

In fact, because temporary planning permission was granted to build four sound stages and four workshops earlier this year, they are expected to host Disney as their first client in 2022. By the time the facility is complete, it will have 18 sound stages – four soon, 9 more by 2023, and the full site complete by 2024.

The location will throw up some interesting conundrums for crew, as this location is a considerable distance from the M25, and not particularly handy for public transport either). Up until very recently most of the real production capacity in the South East was within the arc of the M25 that goes anti-clockwise from near Borehamwood (for Elstree, and the new facility in Broxbourne) around via Leavesden, and Pinewood to the M3 where Shepperton is located (inside the orbital road) and Longcross is (just outside it).

A facility in Reading, alongside the expansion of Bray means that travel time will start to be a big issue for Bectu members.

They have a crew list that is open to anyone with an IMDB profile.

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