New film studio proposed for Edinburgh

Edinburgh CastleA new privately-funded film studio is being proposed for development just outside Edinburgh, a few months after a previous plan was rejected.

A development application has been submitted by PSL Land to construct Scotland’s first major purpose-built studio in Dalkeith, eight miles from central Edinburgh, and has the support of landowner Buccleuch Estates.

PSL previously wanted to develop a studio in Straiton, five miles to the west of Dalkeith, but the plan stalled in October.

The company now wants to build a facility that would offer nearly 210,000 sq ft of stage space in Dalkeith and is also in discussions with Edinburgh Napier University about potentially setting up a film academy on the site.

“We recognise the importance of this ambitious project,” said Nick Waugh, commercial property director at Buccleuch Property. “We’re delighted to play a role in helping deliver a world-class film studio that will inevitably transform the Scottish creative industry and our reputation as a filming location across the globe.”

PSL plans to start developing the site within the next few months, pending approval from local authority Midlothian Council.

The new proposal comes just weeks after Screen Scotland announced plans to develop a new adapted film studio at the former Pelamis building in Port of Leith in northern Edinburgh. That studio is to be smaller than the new PSL proposal, but the building itself already exists and has been used before by productions including Avengers: Infinity War. 

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