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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

The disposal of 120,000 square feet on the Heads of the Valleys Industrial Estate was a particularly satisfying task. The building had been rebuilt following fire damage, and Jeremy Symons and his team were successful in identifying a nearby purchaser looking to expand. The sale price, at £4,000,000, represented a record sale price for a property of this nature in the area, and with great tenacity and endeavour was completed in a timely fashion. An excellent result.

Richard Hayward, Richard Hayward Properties