Pinewood Group has begun the expansion of its Shepperton Studios – and announced a deal with Netflix which will expand into the new space.

When work is complete in 2023, the Shepperton site in Surrey will be one of the largest film and TV studios in the world.

Permission for the expansion was approved by Spelthorne Borough Council in 2019. There will be 17 new sound stages in addition to the 14 already in use.

Paul Golding, chairman, Pinewood Group, said: “We are thrilled to be going ahead with the next phase of expansion at Shepperton Studios and we’re especially pleased to be strengthening our partnership with Netflix. Their commitment to expand at Shepperton is an endorsement of our operational expertise and enables us to continue our investment into this great studio.”

Anna Mallett, vice president physical production UK & EMEA, Netflix, said: “The new contract with Shepperton highlights our commitment to investing in the UK creative industry and will provide a wealth of opportunities and production jobs, from entry level to heads of department. We’re excited to work with some of the best storytellers in the business to create amazing new films and series for our members.”

The expansion stretches across 60 hectares and means the addition of around one million sq ft.

Surrey County Council leader Cllr Tim Oliver said: “This is excellent news for Shepperton Studios and for Surrey, which cements our reputation as a leading location for the UK and international film industry.

“This investment and partnership with Netflix, which is also investing $1 billion in Longcross Studios in Surrey, will result in new studio space and production facilities, will mean more jobs and will create new opportunities for the people of Surrey as well.”

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