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Expansion planned for Belfast film production studios

29 January

Two new studios planned at Belfast's Titanic Quarter will help establish the city as one of Europe's largest film production locations, according to backers of the £14m project.

Work could begin within the next few months, pending approval of planning applications submitted in December.

The studios would give an additional 100,000 square feet of facilities.

That would almost double the existing production space at Titanic Studios, which incorporates Harland and Wolff shipyard's former Paint Hall building.

The HBO TV series Game of Thrones is driving demand for additional space in Belfast, according to David Gavaghan, the chief executive of Titanic Quarter.

The series uses the existing facilities and also films at locations around Northern Ireland.

"The planning application is a measure of Titanic Quarter's intent to ensure Northern Ireland's film industry continues to grow," he said.

"The planned extension will help establish Belfast as one of Europe's largest film production locations with eight stages."

Titanic Studios were put on the map in 2007 when used for the science fiction movie City of Ember, starring, among others, Tim Robbins and Bill Murray.

Story courtesy of BBC.

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