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Living on a film set: Arup reveals Pinewood proposals

Arup has submitted plans for a new mixed-use film set and residential development at Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire

The £200 million Project Pinewood scheme includes up to 1,500 homes and features a series of streets representing cities including New York, Paris and Venice.

The project, which will create permanent TV and film backdrops, will be developed on a 40ha green belt site next to the company’s existing studios in Iver Heath.

The application has been made to South Bucks District Council and includes plans to build a primary school, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and cinema, theatre and music production facility.

The main movie set would have backdrops including a Venetian canal, a Roman amphitheatre, a Tudor marketplace, street scenes from downtown New York, French Quarter New Orleans, European townhouses and a Chicago suburb.

Pinewood shot to fame in the 60s with the release of the Bond films, and the studios have recently shot Bond’s latest adventure Quantum of Solace, Brideshead Revisited and the Dark Knight

Architect Burland TM, which originally came up with concept designs for the plot, was replaced as masterplanners on the project by Arup last year.

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