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Film and TV studio complex proposed on fringe of Edinburgh

Words: Roger Milne

Plans have been submitted for a film and television complex on the southern outskirts of Edinburgh, near a retail centre at Straiton, Midlothian.

The £150 million privately funded venture would transform 40 hectares of land with a facility providing six sound stages alongside two Hollywood-style backlots, an outdoor water stage and a film academy, according to plans lodged with Midlothian Council.

As well as 12,000 square metres of studio space, other proposed facilities include a creative industries hub and workshop space.

There are also proposals to provide space for the advertising, gaming and music industries, as well as film, TV and theatre companies.

Entitled Pentland Studios, the project – which includes a 180-bed hotel – would be Britain’s third-largest studio complex, according to developer PSL Land Ltd.

Proposals for studio schemes in Dundee and Glasgow are also under consideration as Scotland bids to join the silver screen ‘gold-rush’ that has boosted the economies of Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.