Ontario Construction Report staff writer
Pinewood Toronto Studios says that major construction has begun on its multi-stage expansion of more than 200,000 sq. ft. (18,580 sq. m.) of new sound stage and support space.
The five-acre new build will better meet the growing roster of domestic and international film and television clients in Toronto, bringing the production facility to a total of over 525,000 sq. ft., the studio says in a statement.
DataBid.com reports HOK Architects Corporation (HOK Inc.) has designed the structure developed by Castlepoint Numa and Pinewood Group.
The expansion features five new sound stages totaling 102,000 sq. ft., 58,000 sq. ft. of additional office and support space, and 15,000 sq. ft. dedicated to a mill shop and workshop space in addition to a new 25,000 sq. ft. workshop added in 2019.
Upon completion, the structure will house 16 sound stages, along with offices that can continue to house multiple productions at a time, and dedicated workshop spaces.
“We’re excited to invest in the future of our vibrant creative industry and are targeting completion in early 2022,” Nanci MacLean, president, Pinewood Toronto Studios and vice-president, Bell Media Studios, said in a statement. “Already Canada’s best-in-class film and television studio, today’s construction update reinforces Pinewood Toronto Studios’ commitment to serving the needs of the most innovative content creators in the world.”