Elstree Studios is to expand by building two new stages for film and high-end television clients on the site formerly used by the Big Brother house.

The new super stages will be similar in size to the existing George Lucas stages at the facility and will be available in 2020. Planning applications have been submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council. Elstree also has plans to build more stages as more space becomes available.

Big Brother finished in early 2019. Previously the site was occupied by the old water tank where classic films including Moby Dick and the Dam Busters were filmed.

Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios, said, ‘The building of the new stages is to fulfil client demand at Elstree Studios. We already have a number of clients who have confirmed interest in hiring the stages once they are built. Elstree Studios is currently home to Strictly Come Dancing, The Crown and BBC Studioworks. The Studios have enjoyed great success in the last ten years and the freeing up of the Big Brother space has opened up great opportunity.  The stages will be suitable for both film and high-end television use. We have plans to build more stages at the Elstree Studios site as space becomes available.’

Staff Reporter

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