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Khan backs East London film studio

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his deputy mayor for planning Jules Pipe CBE have backed plans by Barking and Dagenham Council for new film studios in Dagenham.

The plans were approved by the council’s planning committee in July and passed to the mayor for consideration. They comprise six sound stages, productions offices and set construction workshops. 

The studios will be built on former industrial land in Yewtree Avenue and are expected to create an estimated 1,200 jobs, contributing £35 million per year to the local economy.

In 2017, a study supported by Khan outlined how Dagenham East represented an “ideal” opportunity for a world-class film studio to meet the demand for studio space in the capital. A temporary studio is already open and welcoming major productions, including Black Widow by Marvel.

The mayor’s office says the demand for film and TV studios remains high despite Covid-19 and the industry will play an “important role” in the country’s economic recovery. 

Khan said: “These spectacular new studios in Dagenham East will be a huge boost for the borough, the industry and our city.

“Our culture and creative industries have been significantly impacted by Covid-19, but our successful film and TV industries can play a key role in our economic recovery.

“These new studios will cement our position as a global capital for film and television, create 1,200 jobs and show the world that London is open to creativity – and always will be.”

Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, commented: “Not only will our film studios make Dagenham London’s Hollywood, they will generate thousands of jobs and opportunities which is hugely important in the light of the gloomy economic outlook caused by Covid-19. These Dagenham studios will give hope to the people of Barking and Dagenham and to London as a whole.”

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