Developers sought for Port of Leith film and TV facility
A Port of Leith industrial building has been identified as the home of a major Scottish film and television studio as developers are invited to refurbish and operate the facility.
National film body Screen Scotland has today launches a tender process inviting proposals from private developers to lease, refurbish and operate a permanent world-class film and television production facility at 31 Bath Road (formerly the Pelamis building).
Recently host to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (2017), the ex-industrial building is situated on a private gated 8.6-acre site within the port estate and is owned by Forth Ports Limited. Offering industry standard dimensions, it incorporates adaptable interior shooting options across 160,000 sq ft and potential for five sound stages of between 50ft and 100ft in height.
In addition, there is 27,000 sq ft of flexible workshop, production and high-end office space; ample backlot provision allowing for significant production set-builds, and is well serviced by vehicle access doors and tech and unit based parking.
This tender invitation is for organisations to:
- Lease the 31 Bath Road premises from Screen Scotland
- Fund and carry out a refurbishment of the building to provide commercially viable studio facilities. This may be partially funded by state aid compliant funding from Screen Scotland
- Operate the building as a studio facility, receiving rental income from screen production companies
Screen Scotland executive director, Isabel Davis, said: “The enormous potential of 31 Bath Road was demonstrated when it hosted Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War last year. Its scale, accessibility, proximity to crew and central Edinburgh and its ability to be rapidly adapted make it a highly attractive proposition and one that could swiftly provide a home in Scotland for large scale productions.”
Plans to deliver Scotland’s first purpose-built film and TV studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh suffered a major blow last month following a ruling by the Scottish Land Court.
Farmer Jim Telfer had faced eviction from his smallholdings at Damhead where Scottish Ministers formally granted planning permission for the development at the end of last year.
However a new ruling has prevented the landlord from removing Mr Telfer from his home in order to sell the site to film studio’s proposed developers PSL Land Ltd.