Plans for £120m Dundee film studio move forward

Brian Cox
Brian Cox

Dundee looks set to win the race to build Scotland’s first major purpose-built film studio after developer Studio City Scotland announced it is going ahead with plans to develop a £120 million studio and entertainment complex in the city.

The consortium of developers have settled on a site next to Claverhouse Industrial Park in the north-west of Dundee and have already begun the formal planning consultations for the complex.

Members of the consortium said discussions have already taken place with Dundee City Council about the project, which would be entirely privately funded.

Studio City Scotland told The National: “Following a review of sites across Scotland and extensive discussions with Dundee City Council and financial backers, the consortium is confident that the project will be delivered.”

Dundee-born Hollywood actor Brian Cox has also met the consortium and given his support to the ambitious project.

The development will include eco-friendly studios with multiple sound stages and that the plans for the studio have been informed by discussions with Hollywood studios and industry professionals.

In addition to studios, discussions are at an advanced stage with major entertainment, communications and games companies which could see the creation of a screen and media theme park and a games centre.

Martin Cherry, managing director of consortium member Bannerman Technology said: “Dundee is the right place at the right time. The city is undergoing major re-generation around the new V&A at Dundee so this development will capitalise on the attention that is attracting.

“This development will drive significant economic development for the city and Dundee City Council’s Planning and Economic Development teams are being highly supportive.”

Dundee MSPs Shona Robison and Joe FitzPatrick welcomed news plans are moving forward.

Mr Robison told the Courier: “Dundee has a world-leading games sector, digital arts and the V&A so the city would be a natural choice as a location for a major film studio and the jobs and investment it would bring.

“I am delighted to hear of the proposal and hope that it can be brought to fruition.”

Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick added: “I am very interested to hear of this proposal and hope that the developers and Dundee City Council can help to bring it about.

“We are very keen to capitalise on the strength of the city’s world-beating games industry and the skills which the city has and to bring employment to the city.”

A Dundee City Council spokesperson said: “We have been in discussions with Studio City Scotland.”

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