1,000 creative industry jobs on the horizon for Belfast

  • Approval has been granted for the development of further film studios in Belfast. 

    The construction of Phase two of Belfast Harbour Studios in Giant’s Park will include additional film studios/sound stages, workshops, offices and a vendors village, as well as car parking and landscaping.

    It represents an investment of £45 million and will create 1,000 creative industry jobs along with 200 construction jobs.

    Belfast Harbour Studios opened three years ago with two 32,000 sq ft studio buildings and around 125,000 sq ft of production space, and has been used for shows such as SyFy's Krypton TV series.

    The development will be located beside the existing studios on the North Foreshore, adjacent to Belfast Lough.

    Northern Ireland has been a popular filming location for the past several years, with productions such as Game of Thrones helping to put the region on the map.

    “This is great news for the city, it will create 1,200 jobs and boost Belfast’s flourishing film and creative sectors,” said Planning Committee Chair, Councillor John Hussey.

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    Earlier this year, Belfast Harbour CEO Joe O’Neill commented on the decision to invest in the new space, saying: "The location is highly accessible, is serviced by ultra-high speed internet connections and benefits from a skilled local workforce that has proven its ability to help deliver some of the world’s best film and television content.

    "This new studio complex will build on Northern Ireland’s already impressive international reputation and generate around 1,000 creative industry jobs across a wide variety of disciplines."

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