News: 27 May 2016Barton Willmore secures planning permission for film studios

Barton Willmore has secured planning permission for new multi-million pound film and television studios at Wardpark in Cumbernauld on behalf of Wardpark Studios Ltd.

In addition to securing enhancements to the existing studio facilities at the site, planning permission has also been secured for a further 4,000 sq metres of multi-function studio, production and office space.

The proposals have been supported by Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency and Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland.

The new facilities will help to meet the increased demand for studio space across the UK and Europe created by the recent growth in internationally mobile film and television production.  Demand is particularly great in the high-end television production market, a market which Wardpark Studios, the production site for the popular Scottish historical drama series, Outlander, already caters for.

Andrew Fleming, Associate Planner in Barton Willmore’s Edinburgh office said: “The creative industries are a key target growth sector for the Scottish Government and Wardpark has the potential to provide exciting new opportunities for the film and television industry in Scotland.

“It was important that the proposals respected the local area and we worked closely with North Lanarkshire Council to ensure that the proposed design will have minimal impact on the surrounding area.”

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