Contractor picked to redevelop historic West London studios

Glencar has been chosen to head up a £25m overhaul of the historic Ealing Studios in West London.

The comprehensive makeover will transform the studio into one of “the most advanced studios in the world” and highlights Glencar’s expansion into the fast-growing studio sector.

Glencar will work alongside development manager Pella Real Estate Partners and surveyors Christopher Smith Associates to deliver the project.

The studio, which is one of the oldest in the world, has been making films since 1902, with movies such as Bridget Jones, St Trinian’s and The Theory of Everything filmed there.

The works will see a new 1,300 square metre stage installed over the course of 18 months. There are also plans for new workshops and office space. A new entrance reception, security and site hub will serve as the frontage of the studio.

The development also aims to make Ealing Studios the first net-zero-carbon stage in the UK and will be built to BREEAM outstanding certification standards.

Commenting on the appointment, Glencar managing director for London and the South, Roy Jones, said: “We are seeing exponential growth in the requirements coming through for new TV-streaming studio production space and with our extensive knowledge and understanding of that sector, Glencar is responding to that need.

“This instruction comes quickly after we recently secured the refurbishment works at Soho Studios. Our newly established London division will be delivering these projects as we continue to expand our offering in this growing sector.”

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