Paint Hall set for £14m expansion

Published Wednesday, 29 January 2014
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The film studios at Titanic Quarter are set for a £14m expansion.

Planning permission has been lodged for an additional two studios to enhance the Belfast production centre by 100,000 sq ft, increasing its total size to over 250,000 sq ft.

David Gavaghan from Titanic Quarter said the success of the fantasy show Game of Thrones, which is filmed largely in Northern Ireland, has driven the demand for extra space.

He said the local movie industry is continuing to grow.

"The phenomenal international success of the HBO series Game of Thrones, filmed primarily in Northern Ireland and Europe's biggest budget television drama, is driving demand for additional film and television production space in Belfast," said Mr Gavaghan.

"The planning application is a measure of Titanic Quarter's intent to ensure that Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry continues to grow and that there is an adequate supply of bespoke, hi-tech space to support the needs of production companies."

Titanic Studios has proven increasingly popular with production companies since 2007 when it was used for the movie City of Ember.

Two new state-of-the-art sound studios were opened by the First and deputy First Minister in 2012 representing an £8m and 45,000 sq ft extension.

The latest expansion will see two new studios plus associated production workshops and production facilities added to what is one of the single largest production spaces in Europe.

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