Planning process officially begins at Westmeath for ‘Western Europe’s biggest film studios’

Details of the massive development have been revealed.

The planning process for an international film studio campus in the Midlands has officially begun.

Hammerlake Studios is bringing its headquarters to Mullingar and plans to create Western Europe’s largest film studios on a 25-acre site in Lough Sheever Corporate Park.

The proposal includes an administration building of 10,388 square meters, four to five stories high; and four film and television studios contained in two blocks of 5,330 square meters and 5,068 square meters respectively; and a 5,142 square meter workshop for building sets and props.

A decision from Westmeath County Council planners is expected on July 12.

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The company says that in total the campus will span 250,000 square feet, construction is expected to take 12 months, and the first phase of the development is expected to go live between October and December 2023.

Hammerlake Studios also intends to install parking for 278 cars, 11 articulated trucks, seven motorhomes and 50 bicycles; an ESB substation, a security office and solar panels on the roofs of its office and workshop buildings.

The deadline for public submissions is June 21.

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Louisa R. Loomis