Studio search on

By Natalie Vincent - Fri 16 February 2018, 4:41 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell today invited formal tenders to operate what will be London's largest film studio built in 25 years by 16 March.

Darren Rodwell (r) with famed photographer (l) David Bailey, a resident of Barking and Dagenham launches the tender for the film studios

The winning operator will be in charge of running the 8.09-ha site in Dagenham to compete with major international studios and provide much-needed studio space in the capital, thousands of jobs and generating £35 million for the local economy.

Rodwell said: "We want these studios to be on a scale Steven Spielberg can be proud of, but more importantly we want them to benefit local people.

"The winner of the bid doesn’t necessarily have to be big, but needs to think big."

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