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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 Newport City Council with rating advice for over 20 years. Andrew, Jane and Huw provide a personal and professional service and have an excellent knowledge of the Council’s assets which has enabled the Council to achieve substantial rate savings. A useful service offered is the status report which provides us with a snapshot of what appeals have been made and appeals outstanding throughout the life of the List. I would recommend Cooke & Arkwright Rating Services to any company wishing to procure up-to-date and professional rating advice.

Eirian Jones, Estates Team Leader, Newport Norse