Winnersh Film Studios

The film and TV industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy, fueled by an exceptional talent pool and Government incentives. However, there remains an identified need for purpose built studio and production space through increased demand for content and a greater backlog of productions to be shot.

The long-term ambition of this project is to develop a new ‘creative-quarter’ at Winnersh Triangle Business Park through the delivery of boutique and bespoke film studios. This will comprise the creation of up to six sound stages, including one of the largest virtual production stages in Europe, as well as approximately 75,000sq.ft of associated workshop and office space across the Business Park.

Our Solutions

There was a need to innovatively balance the fast-paced nature of the creative industry sector, as well as the ability of the English planning system to accommodate it. Early and proactive discussions with Officers at Wokingham Borough Council helped establish a clear project timeline and guide for engagement with Local Ward Members and the Parish Council. A temporary application was submitted in January 2022 for two sound stages and eight workshops for a period of five years to address immediate requirements for studio space and enable a global film producer to utilise the existing buildings for pre-production works.

The Outcome

Working closely with Planning Officers and the Project Team, the planning application received unanimous support for a resolution to grant permission at Planning Committee in March 2022, subject to the signing of a legal agreement which is due imminently.

The proposed development, including associated occupation of some existing buildings at Winnersh Triangle Business Park, will create approximately 250 jobs and the development of overall plans for Winnersh Film Studios, which will be subject to further planning applications, are well underway and have the potential to produce significant investment within the local area.