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First phase of ‘world class’ Westmeath film studio receives planning approval

Mullingar wants to be home to Ireland’s largest film and television production venue on a 460,000 sqft campus 

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A computer generated image of the proposed Hammerlake Studios in Mullingar, Co Westmeath

A computer generated image of the proposed Hammerlake Studios in Mullingar, Co Westmeath

A computer generated image of the proposed Hammerlake Studios in Mullingar, Co Westmeath

A planning application to build a film studio in Mullingar has received approval by Westmeath County Council.

Hammerlake Studios, which is expected to be Ireland’s largest film, television and content studio, will be constructed at Lough Sheever Corporate Park in Mullingar.

The final decision to grant planning permission will be made by the council in September.

The first phase of construction on the 25-acre site is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2024. This will focus on the construction of the four studios, workshops, administrative building, technology centres and editing rooms.

This phase of construction is expected to take a year, creating 350 production roles and 300 construction jobs.

The second phase of development will be submitted for planning approval next summer and will see a further seven studios added to the Hammerlake Studios campus, which will span 460,000 sqft.

This will add a further 1,000 production jobs at the campus.

The leadership team behind the studio plans include members of the film industry with previous experience at Universal Pictures, Disney and Troy Studios.

Executive film producers from North America also advised on campus layout and design.

Hammerlake Studios chief executive Paul Chesney said the approval from Westmeath County Council marks “a significant step forward in our plans to build a world-class film and content production facility in Mullingar, one capable of accommodating the biggest and best film productions.

“Ours will not just be a functional service-oriented working studio, but a destination that delivers everything a production entity will ever need, from creative support, technology, equipment and secure data capabilities, along with first-class catering and off-stage filming capability all in one campus,” he added. 

Director of development and studio operations Tom Dowling said that Ireland currently has three large studio facilities but demand has soared in recent years.

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“Mullingar’s close proximity to Dublin, its excellent road and rail network, the young workforce and the range of quality hotels matched our criteria for the location of our new sustainable and green film campus,” he said.

Hammerlake Studios will also host information evenings from September to meet people from the region with relevant skills.


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