€90m expansion approved for Ashford film studio

An Bord Pleanála  have granted planning permission for a €90 million extension of Ashford Studios.

The long-awaited expansion is expected to generate up to 1,500 film and television jobs for County Wicklow according to the studio’s plans.

As part of the extension, four 40,000sq foot film studios will be created. In addition, a new television studio, offices, and a visitor centre form part of  proposal.

Ashford Studios has been the production location of the ‘Vikings’ series which concluded its sixth series in December. Last month a spokesperson for the studios said that the search had begun to secure fresh work.

The new plans will allow the studios to host multiple major productions at one time.

In 2017, the film location generated profits of €2.1 million, a 30% increase on the €1.6 million profits the studio recorded in 2016.

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