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State-of-the-art Shinfield Studios near Reading now fully operational

Credit: Shinfield Studios and James Singleton
Credit: Shinfield Studios and James Singleton
21 June 2024
Credit: Shinfield Studios and James Singleton

Shinfield Studios in Berkshire - the UK's largest new film and television studio - is now complete.

The whopping one million sq ft site east of Reading, has opened in phases over the last two years, and is now fully operational.

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Production work has already taken place at the studio in that time, including for the recently released movie 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire'.

"Our vision was to build a studio which fulfilled every need of today’s productions, including supporting industry efforts to improve sustainability and facilitate accessibility for all," said Ian Johnson, joint managing director at Shinfield Studios.

"It is fantastic to have brought that vision to reality and we are enormously grateful for the support from Wokingham Borough Council, The University of Reading and the local community."

He added: "We’re proud to be founding members of Screen Berkshire whose aim is to connect local crew with jobs, through training, upskilling and supporting new entrants to the workforce."

Nick Smith, joint managing director, Shinfield Studios, continued: "We have built from the ground-up one of the world’s most state-of-the art studio facilities – designed to attract the most ambitious and high budget productions.

"We’ve already welcomed to Berkshire some truly impressive feature films and high-end television series and, with Shinfield Studios now fully operational, there will be many more to come."

Shinfield Studios features 18 sound stages, which range from 17,000 to 43,000 sq ft, and include the two largest, fully climate-controlled soundstages available in the UK at 43,000 sq ft each.

The site also boats 38 workshops, substantial office space, and a nine-acre filming backlot.

Shinfield Studios is owned by US-based Shadowbox Studios (Shadowbox) - a leading independent film and television studio platform.


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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