Elstree Studios boosted by site clearance

Specialist contractor Sanctus has nearly completed levelling a four-acre site at Elstree Studios that has lain dormant for over 30 years because of hazardous materials that were deposited there before Hertsmere Borough Council took over the famous site in 1997.

The refurbishment of the site, known as ‘The Mound’, is part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the site that has been made possible through a £2m loan from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places Fund and a £2.5m grant from the council itself.

The contract, which has been overseen by consultants AECOM and managed by the council, has involved removing cement-based asbestos material in a highly controlled environment, as well as the removal of Japanese Knotweed-infested soil and the insertion of a 150mm capping layer.

“The Mound” takes up a quarter of the overall Elstree site, and the council wants to spend the next three months developing proposals for what to do with the cleared area that would boost the local creative media industry.

Council chief executive Donald Graham said: “The clearance of the mound has been an impressive project and has been achieved without disruption to a number of high-profile productions that are staged there.”

Elstree Studios managing director Roger Morris said development of the site would help it respond to an expanding market.

He said: “The industry needs more production space. Elstree Studios has re-established itself as one of the top UK studios attracting work from across the film and television industry including many major Hollywood productions.”

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