London borough becomes Hollywood-on-Thames as new film studio is approved


Plans have been signed for another film studio to come to Greenwich as the borough begins to resemble Hollywood-on-Thames. A church is to make way for the studio according to plans by Helix 3D – a set construction company.

It is the second film studio to be approved after February’s plans for a new “state-of-the-art” virtual production studio in Plumstead were backed by the council. These add to other plans that have seen the borough develop its creative sector in recent years.

Greenwich Council’s planning board voted on the plans at a meeting on Wednesday. It will see a warehouse used as a church demolished on site for the new studio on Nathan Lane in Thamesmead.

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The church has used the site for 17 years but was offered the option of remaining on site during and after the workshop was built. On the ground floor, there would be five individual studios as well as workshop and office space.

Council documents show that the plans have drawn a series of favorable comments from creative industry players. An anonymous person said: “[I] savor the possibility of a facility that will be so well equipped this side of London. Almost all of these state-of-the-art facilities are built or being built on the outskirts of West London.”

Another said the proposal “could establish Greenwich as a global center for research and filming for advanced next-generation filming”.
technologies, subject to Council support.” Helix 3D co-founder Brian Dowling told the Greenwich Planning Council: “We have educated and trained dozens of people, we have always paid high salaries and we have always paid our debt.

“I can tell you what this project is not. It’s not a flimsy shed funded by some soulless asset manager based in a tax haven. It’s not another exercise in rinsing every penny out of ‘high-end industrial land, and it’s not a warehouse employing six people at minimum wage. We started doing film and television set construction 23 years ago. Covid hit our business immediately and harshly – we lost all our event work.

Mr Dowling went on to explain how his business has recovered from the Covid pandemic and how it will create a ‘positive workplace’ in Greenwich. It’s the latest major development in the creative sector to come to Greenwich.

Woolwich is in the midst of major redevelopment plans, with a new cinema and arts center planned for the town. Prior to the start of these works, the new Woolwich Works cultural venue opened in September 2021.


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