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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

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin