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Filming in Wales

31 May 2017

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With such diversity in scenery and terrain, Wales has always been a popular venue for the film and television industry, but demand has increased significantly over the past decade. This is due in no small part to the BBC transferring many of their mainstream dramas to their studios in Cardiff Bay, as well as the establishment of Dragon Studios (known colloquially as ‘Valleywood’) near Bridgend, and more latterly the world-famous Pinewood Studios opening near Cardiff, both providing state of the art production facilities. As a result, Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency team regularly receive requests from production companies seeking suitable locations to film at.

Popular BBC series such as ‘Casualty’, ‘Dr Who’, ‘Poldark’, ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, and ‘Decline & Fall’, not to mention a wide variety of independent documentary makers and TV advertisers have all filmed on property within our management.

Associate Director Chris Hyde comments, “Notable productions include ‘Sherlock’, filmed at Morlais Castle near Merthyr Tydfil, and a large-scale battle scene for the Russell Crowe blockbuster ‘Robin Hood’ was filmed at Freshwater West beach, in Pembrokeshire.  Recently scenes for a new psychological thriller, a joint production by the BBC and Netflix, were filmed on location in St Fagans where they transformed the estate’s workshop into a farmyard complete with prosthetic dead sheep!

“Granting filming rights can be a useful source of income for clients, but in doing so it is important that they do not inadvertently expose themselves to undue risks. We, as Land Agents, ensure that provisions for payment dates, time and location limits, post-filming reinstatement, and perhaps most importantly, insurance and indemnity assurances, are all formally documented in our filming licences.”

If you are approached by location managers and would like advice as to how to proceed, please contact our Land Agency department on 01656 644644

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group