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Belfast Harbour Film Studios

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Current Projects
  • Project Name:
    Belfast Harbour Film Studios
  • Client:
    Belfast Harbour
  • Location:
    15 Dargan Road, Belfast, BT15 9LZ, N.I.
  • Architect:
    RPP Architects

Project Overview

Construction work has started on a new £20 million film studio on Belfast's North Foreshore.

The North Foreshore of Belfast Lough is former landfill facility which has been transformed into the largest development site in the city.

Belfast Harbour Film Studio's at Giant's Park will feature 120,000 sq ft of studio space, workshops and offices. The film studio will take up 8 acres of the overall 340 acre site.

The development by Belfast Harbour seeks to capitalise on Northern Ireland's growing reputation as a place to make films and television series.

Productions such as HBO's colossal Game of Thrones means "demand for studio space is now outstripping supply" the harbour said.

The new studio complex will provide two sound-proofed studios as part of an overall site that will also cater for outdoor filming.

The development will feature a 66,000sq ft film studio and sound stage, along with a 23,000sq ft workshop and 32,000sq ft production space.

O’Hare & McGovern have been awarded the contract to build the complex which will support 200 construction jobs.

To view live updates of the construction works please click here.

Key Features

  • 120,000 sq ft of studio space, workshops & offices
  • Facilities includes two sound-proofed studios which will also cater outdoor filming
  • Large site (340 acres)
  • Bounded by Belfast Hills & Belfast Lough
  • Occupied by global film production companies
  • Total office accommodation available is 36,995sq.ft over 3 floors
  • Office space accommodates 450 staff
  • Offers two detached workshop facilities at 11,080sqft each
  • Key card access
  • Parking for 168 cars

Testimonials

  • It is well known within the global screen industry that the demand for studio space currently outstrips supply in the UK; We are delighted that the proposed new sound stages on the north foreshore are going ahead and with our recent successful track record in attracting large-scale film and television production to Northern Ireland, we remain convinced that more screen production will be forthcoming once the infrastructure becomes available. Northern Ireland Screen, CEO, Richard Williams
  • Northern Ireland’s production industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years with major shows such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Fall’, In the past two years the industry has generated an estimated £137m of spend in the local economy; To keep pace with demand we identified the opportunity to develop new film studios - Belfast Harbour Studios will ensure that the local industry continues to attract new projects and develop significant job opportunities. Harbour Chief Executive, Roy Adair
  • O’Hare & McGovern is delighted to be part of such a major scheme, especially at a time when the profile of the film and drama industry in Northern Ireland is at an all-time high; This is one of the most exciting developments ever undertaken by the company - It’s another showpiece project, which, when completed, will be the landmark building on Belfast Lough’s foreshore. Eamon O'Hare, Director at OHMG

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