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Lights, Camera, Action for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

06 April - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to approve a multi-million pound film studio to be built on the outskirts of Edinburgh.


The global professional services consultancy which was appointed in 2014 to assist in the planning of Scotland’s first purpose-built  film and TV studio, will continue to support on the civil and structural, environmental and geotechnical areas of the project.

Pentland Studios which will be based near Straiton and will cost around £250 million will include six sound stages, two Hollywood style backlots, a 180 room hotel and 50,000 sqft workshop space and a Film Academy.

Gordon Allerton, director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “We are delighted that the studio has received consent from the Scottish Government.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed supporting Pentland Studios in the planning process and are very grateful to be involved in a project that will have such a positive impact for the whole country.

“Our hope is that we can add to the work that has already been completed, in particular working closely with Midlothian Council to identify a route map for the proposed A701 relief road.”

Gordon Ash, Director, PSL Land Ltd, said: “The team at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  have been extremely supportive and professional during the planning stages of the studio.

“It is an exciting prospect for everyone now to begin work on bringing Scotland its first world class film and TV studio complex.

“We look forward to working with both WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Midlothian Council on the next stages of the project.”

The Pentland Studio project is expected to create more than 1600 jobs and provide a huge boost to Scotland’s ability to attract international blockbuster film productions and TV series, as well as indigenous productions.

As well as working on Scotland’s first film and TV studio, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been assisting the planning of Wavegarden Scotland, the country’s first in-land surfing lagoon based in Edinburgh.

It was also recently announced that the consultants will work on the regeneration and development of the Ross Band Stand and Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh’s city centre.  

To find out more information about Pentland Studios visit www.scottishinternationalstudios.com.

Notes to editor

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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Our 36,000 people, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries provide engineering and multidisciplinary services in a vast array of industry sectors, with a focus on technical excellence and client service.

In the UK, 7,000 people (including Mouchel Consulting) provide consultancy services to all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals.

The combined business has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.




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