January 23, 2021
Business News

Bray’s Ardmore Studios gets green light for exciting new expansion plans

Ardmore Studios – home to hit movies and TV series including Braveheart and Vikings – has been given the green light approval to significantly expand its premises in Bray.

However, the decision by Wicklow County Council to grant the extension is subject to Ardmore completing 16 conditions set by the planning authority.

These include: making provision for the charging of electric vehicles; agreeing on the details of the “materials, colours and texture” of the external finishings to the proposed development with the planning authority; and ensuring work concerning relocating and reinstating “historic gate piers” is carried out under expert supervision.

A spokeswoman for Ardmore said the company welcomed “notification of the decision to grant from Wicklow County Council”.

No appeals have yet been lodged against the council’s decision with An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed development will see the construction of a new film studio and a five-storey support building. It will also lead to the demolition of an existing administrative building, a security building and a workshop.

The new studio building being proposed is to include a stage area of around 2,017 sq m.

The proposed five-storey support building is to comprise stores and props, waiting areas, changing areas, hair and make-up areas, production offices, admin areas and loading areas.

Combined, the stage and administrative buildings will have a floor area of 4,049 sq m.

Currently, the largest studio at Ardmore is less than 2,000 sq m, with the tallest building reaching two storeys.

The proposed development will also include the provision of a new security building of 19 sq m, and the redesign of the main site entrance and internal road layout, along with new footpaths, cycle parking, control points, security gates and a delivery area.

Ardmore Studios was purchased in 2018 by Olcott Entertainment, led by Joe Devine, who is also the chairman of Troy Studios in Limerick.

Mr Devine bought the studio from former U2 manager Paul McGuinness and accountant Ossie Kilkenny.

 

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