The Platinum Stages at Elstree Film studios are named in honour of the late Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee Year. They were completed in June 2022 and are the culmination of a multi-million-pound investment in Elstree Studios’ future.
The Stages have a combined workable footprint of 3,210 square metres, about half the size of a professional football pitch. Clad in innovative timber cassettes, the new Stages have been designed to meet international space standards in studio design. They can be used as two separate stages or a combined super-sized one. The stages will create hundreds of new jobs, plus apprenticeship and other learning opportunities.
Chairman of Elstree Studios’ Board of Directors and Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, commented: “The stages are among the best in the industry and keep our studios as a top destination for television and film production in the world.”
The stages are a £15.6m project. They are part-funded by Hertsmere Borough Council and the government’s Getting Building Fund via Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
With production space in high demand, the Platinum Stages already attract new studio business and bigger projects to the county. They support local jobs and the vast network of SMEs that form the supply chain to the sector. The Stages have already been used by major movie productions.
The overarching principle of sustainable development is established by this development in its effective use of brownfield land. The proposals allow a currently under-used part of the Elstree Film Studios to operate effectively. They will provide modern high-quality production facilities, to compete with other film studios offering similar facilities in the UK. They will support the development of the film and television industry in Borehamwood. They are already in use and fully booked for years ahead.
In response to the increased industry demand for state-of-the-art Sound Stages, the development consists of a twin soundstage building. They are designed to meet international space standards in studio design and ensure the long-term viability of this employment site. The bespoke twin Sound Stages are in the place what was the studio and production areas of the “Big Brother House” TV series. The remaining site accommodates deliveries and short-term parking of mobile units, ancillary to the operation of the Sound Stages.