The owner of Elstree Studios, Hertsmere Borough Council, wants to hear from firms interested in designing, building and operating a new stage at the Borehamwood facility.


The extra studio space would be in addition to the existing plans to build a 21,000 sq ft stage at the rear of the site.

Councillor John Graham, portfolio holder for finance and property, said: “We’re now giving consideration to developing another stage for film and television use, with ancillary areas and workshops at the front of the existing site.

“Obviously this would all be subject to obtaining detailed planning permission, and consultation with local residents and other interested parties.

“We’re flexible about how this additional facility could be provided and we’d welcome early market engagement with any parties that have access to substantial experience of the media and production industry to hear their ideas about how this project could be taken forward.

“Our main aim is to ensure that the Studios site can operate at its maximum capacity, not only so that it remains a highly prestigious facility for the industry but also reaping huge benefits for the borough’s residents.”

A spokeswoman for the council said the size of the stage and timescale for building it would depend on market interest, but the council had in mind a facility of around 13,000 sq ft studio with a 37,000 sq ft ancillary area that could be ready for use in two years’ time.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5 December

Productions to use Elstree Studios include Strictly Come Dancing (BBC - pictured), The Crown (Netflix) and Big Brother (C5).