Action! - cement mixers turn for
Cornwall's first film studio
Building work on an Objective One funded multi-million pound
project to create Cornwall's first film studio is now
Contractors have moved onto the South West Film Studios site
at St Agnes and are now busy putting in the foundations for
the £5.76 million development.
The man behind South West Film Studios, film producer Alex
Swan, said he is delighted to see work now moving ahead at
He said: "We formally launched the project in July.
Clearing the site ready for construction took us up until
the autumn and we then had some final design work to complete."
Alex said that over the next few months, people will be able
to see the film studios really starting to take physical shape.
Once the foundations are completed, the steel work will follow
and then the fabric of the buildings themselves.
Alex added: "This is a really exciting moment for us
and I'm delighted that we can get on and that the studios
are now taking shape.
"This is a great moment not just for South West Film
Studios but also for the St Agnes and Cornwall as a whole.
We believe that our studio will be the first purpose-built
studio to be created in the UK since 1923."
He explained: "Cornwall is already an extremely popular
location for filmmakers big and small. Having state-of-the-art
pre-production, production and post-production facilities
here at St Agnes will much more of the work to be done here
and keep a much bigger share of the spend in Cornwall.
"We estimate that once the studio is up and running,
it could generate more than £10 million a year for the
local economy, both through extra direct spending and through
the business opportunities that it will bring for firms providing
support services for the film and television industry."
The first part of the new complex to be built will be a workshop.
That will then be followed by two actual studios one
featuring a water stage, offices and buildings housing a range
other facilities, including make-up rooms, wardrobes, art
The workshops should be finished by the late summer, with
the other buildings due for completion early next year.
Alex said: "Completing the actual fabric of the buildings
will take around six months. We'll then need to get the
studios fitted out and we expect the entire project will be
complete with the studios ready for their first production
by early next year."
For further information contact:
South West Film Studios
South West Film Studios is believed to be
the first purpose-built film studio to be constructed in the
UK since 1923.
The studios are being developed by South West
Film Studios (UK) Ltd, a company set up by London-based film
producer Alex Swan, whose credits include:
Executive producer Relative Values
(1999 feature film starring Colin Firth, Stephen Fry, Jeanne
Tripplehorn, Julie Andrews gross to date £3.9
Producer and executive producer of Married 2 Malcolm
(feature film starring Mark Addy, Josie Lawrence, Hwyel Bennett
gross to date £3.1 million)
Position and connections
The studios are being built on a 10-acre site
at St Agnes in Cornwall (previously home to a model village
tourist attraction that closed some years earlier). The studios
will be approximately four miles from Cornwall's main
road link - the A30 trunk road.
St Agnes is about seven miles from the historic
county town of Truro, which has direct rail links with London
and the rest of the UK.
A private airfield at Perranporth (approximately
four miles away) provides facilities for light aircraft, while
Newquay Cornwall Airport (15 miles) provides BA flights to
London Gatwick and a service from budget operator Ryan Air
to London Stansted.
South West Film Studios will provide an excellent
backdrop for film shooting surrounded by acres of landscaped
gardens and only minutes away from a stunning coastline of
ragged rocks, secluded beaches and crashing waves.
Further inland, Cornwall offers unspoilt countryside,
the vast wilderness of Bodmin Moor, old towns, pretty villages,
famous gardens and historic country houses plus the
decaying mine sites, industrial wastelands and urban decline
that tourist brochures don't show.
As a region, the natural beauty and charm
of the South West Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset
has made it a popular location to shoot feature films,
including scenes for the most recent James Bond movie.
South West Film Studios will provide both
a base for filmmakers carrying out location shoots across
the South West of England and facilities for production and
Conference hall, 20 office spaces and producers/directors'
Two sound stages one of which can be flooded
to provide a 70ft by 70ft water stage
Make-up rooms, green rooms, hairdressing rooms, wardrobes,
dressing rooms, and art departments
Post production facility
Creche, café, restaurant and bar
For more information see www.southwestfilmstudios.co.uk,
call +44 (0)1872 554131 or email email@example.com
Film industry-related companies in Cornwall have already
expressed interest in working from the studios and it is intended
to create a cluster of expertise that offers core services
such as catering, lighting, prop and set building and cameras.
A wonderful place to work!
As well as excellent, state-of-the-art facilities and services,
South West Film Studios will also offer a wonderful place
for filmmakers and their crews to base themselves.
The picturesque and friendly village of St Agnes provides
a range of accommodation options, good pubs and local shops
while the immediate surroundings offer first-class
surfing, fantastic beaches and stunning cliff walks!
Other world-class attractions close at hand include the Eden
Project, the Tate St Ives and the new National Maritime Museum
at Falmouth. For sailors, the sheltered waters of the Fal
Estuary provide great opportunities.
Quality hotel, shopping, dining and leisure opportunities
are also provided in Truro and other nearby towns.
The construction of South West Film Studios will cost £5.768
million. Private investors are providing the majority of that
An investment of £2 million will also come through
Cornwall's Objective One Programme, which was set up
to provide European funding for projects that will boost the
prosperity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Work on site began in July 2002, when local MP Matthew Taylor
launched the first phase of the development (site clearance
and digging foundations).
The first phase was completed in autumn 2002 and the main
construction programme began at the end of February 2003.
The workshops and other facilities are expected to be complete
by the end of 2003 and the studios will be fully operational
by early 2004.
In addition to gaining European investment, support for South
West Film Studios has also come from bodies responsible for
developing and supporting the film industry.
Endorsement has come from both the British Film Commission
and South West Screen, the regional body for the funding and
development of film, video and the moving image.
South West Film Studios is working closely with agencies
and other bodies set up to develop the creative industries
in Cornwall and the wider South West region, including:
Cornwall Film Fund an Objective One project
set up to provide funding for new scripts, project development
and short film production.
Falmouth College of Arts part of the developing
Combined Universities In Cornwall initiative, courses offered
by the college include filmmaking and it is hoped that the
presence of the studios will help retain skills in Cornwall
by providing more opportunities for graduates.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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