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£150m project for Straiton

Pentland film studio moves step nearer

OutlanderA £150 million film studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh has come a step nearer after detailed plans were unveiled to finally give Scotland the facilities it has demanded for years.

The project is destined for an 86 acre plot at Straiton, in Midlothian and could be up and running within two years.

It includes six sound stages, outdoor water sets, together with workshop and rehearsal space. The consortium behind the Pentland Studios project want Scotland to compete with Northern Ireland and Wales which produce film and television shows such as Game of Thrones and Dr Who.

The drivers of the plan are Jim O’Donnell, a former development manager for Warner Bros who is now a director of PSL Land. He said he looks forward to created a “world-class facility”.

He is joined by Jeremy Pelzer, who was a director of Ealing Studios, and special effects expert John Richardson, who has worked on the James Bond and Harry Potter films.

The Pentland Studios team also insist the project does not rely on the backing of public sector bodies like the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise or Creative Scotland, who have been under fire for delays in backing a proper film studio for the country.

Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has played a part in trying to lure Hollywood film studios and visited  Los Angeles during last month’s Tartan Week celebrations to meet key investors.

The Pentland project, however, faces competition from a rival plan at Wardpark Industrial Estate in Cumbernauld which could get government backing. It is the studio location for hit drama Outlander.

Picture: Outlander is made in Cumbernauld

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