Coming soon! Made in Dagenham studios

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Our plans to build new film studios on the former Sanofi site at Dagenham East are developing fast.

We are proposing to build London’s largest film studios for 25 years on the 18 acre site.

Our aim is bring hundreds of new jobs to the area – from carpenters to camera crew – and to bring big Hollywood blockbusters to Barking and Dagenham. We will capitalise on our successful work to bring the film industries to the borough.

But, for the development to be a success we need the views of local residents.

Get a preview of our plans!

Take a look at the plans here, and read our report to the planning committee here.

We thank everyone who contributed to our consultation exercise in February. We hope that your views and suggestions are reflected in our final report to the planning committee.

Our plans to build new film studios on the former Sanofi site at Dagenham East are developing fast.

We are proposing to build London’s largest film studios for 25 years on the 18 acre site.

Our aim is bring hundreds of new jobs to the area – from carpenters to camera crew – and to bring big Hollywood blockbusters to Barking and Dagenham. We will capitalise on our successful work to bring the film industries to the borough.

But, for the development to be a success we need the views of local residents.

Get a preview of our plans!

Take a look at the plans here, and read our report to the planning committee here.

We thank everyone who contributed to our consultation exercise in February. We hope that your views and suggestions are reflected in our final report to the planning committee.

  • Dagenham studios given the go-ahead

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    07 Jul 2020
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    Plans to build London’s largest film studios on former industrial land in Dagenham were approved at a meeting of Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee last night.

    Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council hailed the decision as ‘momentous’.

    He said: “This is a huge decision for the borough. It gives the green light to what will be London’s largest film studios, so it’s a major milestone in the renewal of a part of London badly hit by de-industrialisation and austerity.

    “The new Dagenham studios sit alongside one of the largest data centres in the UK and the UCL’s innovative PEARL project, and there are also plans to relocate the City of London’s wholesale markets to a site nearby. This will mean thousands of jobs and educational opportunities for local people.

    “So, where once Dagenham was known for Ford’s and factories, we will be making films and a new bright new future for our borough and its residents.”

    The plans for the film studios feature:

    • six world class sound stages totalling c.140,000 sqft (1x 30,000 sqft and 5x 22,000 sqft)
    • flexible accommodation adjacent to the sound stages for uses such as production offices, hair and makeup or dressing rooms
    • conversion of two existing buildings into workshops for set construction and associated industry users
    • a landmark office building for the pre and post production alongside space for associated creative industry businesses
    • an estimated 1,200 jobs are projected to be created in the studios and associated supply chain, and
    • key sustainability measures incorporated within the design including green roofs

    Meeting online, the Council’s planning committee agreed the reasons for approval and delegated to grant planning permission subject to any direction from the Mayor of London and the completion of a Unilateral Undertaking under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

    Last night’s decision gives significant momentum to the discussions Be First is having, on behalf of the council, with potential interested parties to determine whether to secure a joint venture agreement, a land sale or for Be First to build the studios and lease the site to an interested party.

    Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First said: “We’ve had a great deal of interest in the site and with planning permission secured the interest will intensify. With the ever growing demand for studio space in the UK, we’re in a very good position to take this project forward.”

    Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "I am delighted to see Dagenham studios get the green light. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK screen industries were enjoying an exceptional boom time and we’re committed to driving the sector’s recovery. Following our publication of the UK’s British Film Commission production guidance, as we get back to work safely and production starts shooting again, I am confident that we shall return to that level of growth, and exceed it, in coming years.

    “So, it’s crucial we continue to develop our world-class infrastructure. This cutting-edge proposal will further bolster London's studio offer, supporting economic growth and creating new jobs. It’s important for Dagenham, it’s compelling for London and it’s a significant addition to the UK’s world-leading film and TV sector.”

    Lisa Dee, Head of Film LBBD, said: “Barking and Dagenham is already a magnet for movie makers. Two of the UK's biggest features were filmed in Dagenham last year - Black Widow by Marvel and Morbius by Sony Pictures (to be released) - contributing to the £1.742 billion total UK inward investment from feature films for last year.

    “And, as London is moving a lot of work east, we are finding more crew and production workers are living in east, south-east and north London areas, so we’re on their doorstep, which makes Dagenham studios a great geographical fit for the existing and the next generation of crew and creatives.”

    An aerial view and computer generated image of the site, together with a comment from Cllr Darren Rodwell, is available here.

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  • London’s Hollywood on track

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    06 Mar 2020
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    New designs for the Dagenham Studios were unveiled today as part of a planning application to transform a former factory site into London’s Hollywood.

    After consultation with local residents, the plans were submitted by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration organisation, and they are expected to be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee in July this year.

    Councillor, Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This is a crucial stage in our ambition to make Dagenham London’s Hollywood. Our dream of making the area as famous for films as it was for Fords is very much on track.

    “The new studios will be a game-changer in bringing thousands of jobs to Dagenham.

    “Dagenham is already becoming known as a new hotspot for digital and knowledge-based industries with a huge data centre under construction and the UCL PEARL research centre set to be built just a stone’s throw away from the studios’ site. It’s another sign that Dagenham’s star is rising.”

    Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First, said: “Our Consultancy Team has worked hard to submit exciting plans for what will be the most modern and largest studios to be built in the capital in the last 25 years.

    “Given the high demand for studio space in the UK, I am confident that ambitious movie makers, production companies and studio operators will be very attracted by these proposals.”

    The plans feature:
    • six large sound stages – equivalent to 140,000 sq ft
    • 85,200 sq ft of offices, and
    • 174,500 sq ft of workshops
    • Designs are made to a high environmental standard

    Further comments here.


  • Thank you for your views

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    27 Feb 2020
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    Thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in consultation held at LondonEast on 25 February and for all your feedback. We were overwhelmed by your responses.

    Our survey is now closed and we are considering all your feedback. We will use this to inform our plans. We expect to formally submit a planning application in early March.

    You can still see the information we presented at the drop-in event here.