The former Earl of Wessex, Patron of the Production Guild of Great Britain, has officially opened the final sound stage to be completed at Sky Studios Elstree, Sky’s new film and TV studio complex in Hertfordshire.

The event signals the near completion of Sky Studios Elstree which will house 13 sound stages and will generate an estimated additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK creative sector in its first five years.

His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque on Stage 5 to commemorate the opening of what is the largest brand-new studio facility to open in the UK for decades.

Speaking to invited guests, Sky Studios Chief Executive Officer, Cécile Frot-Coutaz said: “Sky Studios Elstree will create thousands of jobs and will boost the UK’s creative industry at a time when it is needed most. It will become the new creative home for bold and unmissable Sky Original series as well as Hollywood blockbusters from NBCUniversal. The opening of this final stage signals the near completion of the site, and we’re delighted to have His Royal Highness join us.”

At the unveiling, guests filled the stage for a reception including young trainees who have recently joined the Sky team. Local Sky charity partners, who are being supported by Sky through donations and volunteer hours, were also there to celebrate the occasion.

The studio also has some of the most ambitious sustainability goals in the world, aligning to Sky’s overall ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030.

The visit took place on Thursday 9th March, the day before the Dukedom of Edinburgh was conferred upon His Royal Highness.


Pippa Considine

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