Approval granted for new film studios

Approval granted for new film studios

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for two new film studios in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

At an estimated cost of £14m, the extension of Belfast film studios where popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones is shot, will provide an additional 100,000 square feet of facilities.These will almost double the existing production space at Titanic Studios, which incorporates Harland and Wolff shipyard's former Paint Hall building.The application is for two film studios, film production workshops, additional film production uses, installation of a roof mounted solar panel system, car parking plus access and site works."This planning application for two film studios and supporting facilities would if constructed, put Belfast on the map as one of Europe's largest film production locations," Minister Durkan said."The use of sustainable technology with the roof mounted solar panel system is also to be welcomed."These photovoltaic roof mounted panels convert solar radiation into electricity which reduces costs - a win-win for business and the environment. Developments like this are leading the way in helping Northern Ireland move towards a low carbon economy."The Minister concluded: "It is my aim to ensure planning creates a better environment and a stronger economy. This development helps to do this."

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