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Race to find operator for new ‘Hollywood’ film studios in Dagenham begins

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 16 February 2018

How the new film studios could look. Picture: LBBD

How the new film studios could look. Picture: LBBD

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The race to find the operator for London’s largest film studios which will be built in Dagenham has been launched today.

Photographer David Bailey, left, with Darren Rodwell at the site of the new studios. Picture: Andrew BakerPhotographer David Bailey, left, with Darren Rodwell at the site of the new studios. Picture: Andrew Baker

Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, is inviting bids to run the first new TV and film production studios in the city for a quarter of a century.

A feasibility study estimates the 20-acre world-class facility, which is fit for Hollywood, will create 780 jobs and bring £35million to the national economy.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “We want a visionary partner to help us make the Made in Dagenham film studios fact not fiction.”

“We want these studios to be on a scale Steven Spielberg can be proud of, but more importantly we want them to benefit local people.

Photographer David Bailey, left, with Darren Rodwell at the site of the new studios. Picture: LBBDPhotographer David Bailey, left, with Darren Rodwell at the site of the new studios. Picture: LBBD

“The winner of the bid doesn’t necessarily have to be big, but needs to think big.”

Formal tenders must be placed by March 16.

Visit dagenham-studios.com for more details.


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