Wicklow County Council welcomes the announcement by international consortium Hackman Capital Partners, Square Mile Capital and MBS Group, to develop and operate a €300m film and TV campus in Greystones.
The Greystones Media Campus, which will produce movies and shows for the global market, will contribute to the creation of 1,500 jobs, with 450 construction staff to be employed during the building phase. The campus is due to open in 2024.
Wicklow County Council has long supported the development of the content creation sector in the county as it recognises the economic benefit from both local and international screen productions to meet the increasing global demand for content. The Council is committed to continuing this strategy as laid down in the recently launched Regional Enterprise Plan.
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, said: “I’m delighted that this consortium is backing the Greystones Media Campus as the development will result in doubling of film and TV production space in the Country. I warmly welcome the creation of 1500 high level jobs for the area which will mean a reduction in the level of commuting to jobs outside the county.
“This announcement is a very strong vote of confidence in the local screen sector. The potential to grow this sector is huge and the region is well placed to meet this demand by maximising the potential of our local talent. This project is also good news for the development of the Content Creation Enterprise Hub at Wicklow County Campus by Wicklow County Council as a centre of excellence in education, innovation and job creation.”
Mr Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council and Chair of Clermont Enterprise Hub CLG, commented: “We welcome this announcement and the development of the lands in Greystones for high quality jobs in this sector. We have already started preparing for the additional studio space by partnering with Screen Ireland in the development of a Crew Hub for the region. Through the Crew Hub we will address the skills gaps in the industry, attract new talent into the sector, upskill crew already working in the sector and ensure that there is a highly skilled crew to service the productions coming to the studios. We look forward to working with this consortium and all other stakeholders to further consolidate the content creation cluster in County Wicklow.
He added: “Wicklow County Council has a strong relationship with the film industry. It’s a crucial economic driver in the county and the demand for content is increasing rapidly. I would like to acknowledge Screen Ireland’s financial assistance with the development of the crew hub and the REDF fund for the development of the Content Creation Enterprise Hub at Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew.”
- Clermont Enterprise Hub CLG was set up in 2018 to oversee the development and management of the Clermont Content Creation Enterprise Hub.
- The Content Creation Enterprise Hub will provide 10,000sq ft of private and co-working spaces and aims to boost job creation in the sector and spin out services feeding into these industries.
- The project will include the courtyard buildings, the second floor of the existing campus building and the chapel, which will be refurbished and renovated. It will also include a newly built two-floor extension to the courtyard buildings.
- It is intended to support content creation and will complement the film industry, with a particular focus on businesses servicing productions happening in Ashford Studios, Ardmore Studios and Greystones Media Campus when constructed.
- Clermont Enterprise Hub is supported under the Department Enterprise, Trade & Employment‘s Regional Enterprise Development Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland.
- The East Film and TV Crew Hub is an initiative funded by Screen Ireland and developed in partnership with Clermont Enterprise Hub CLG to decentralise film and TV skills training and work placements.