Denham Film Studios, where Star Wars, James Bond, E.T. and Superman films were produced and edited, is to be transformed into new homes.
The 'mini Beverly Hills', in Denham, south Buckinghamshire, will be home to 224 flats and houses surrounded by landscaped grounds, with prices from £350,000 to £1.5 million.
The 12-acre site is a 15-minute walk from Denham station, which offers commuters direct links to Marylebone in under 25 minutes, and offers easy access to the M25 and M40.
Take a tour of Denham Film Studios
Take a tour of Denham Film Studios
1/12 Film Laboratories
Dehnam Film Studios in Buckinghamshire is to be transformed into a £120m devlopment of new homes, with the Grade-II listed Art Deco building at its centre.
2/12 Film Laboratories apartments
A new glass-roofed central atrium rising from ground to top floor will be added to the main building, which will contain a dramatic feature stairwell.
On each floor there will be one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, featuring large windows, high ceilings and retained period features.
3/12 Green squares
Three new four-storey buildings and houses overlooking green squares will also be built on the 12-acre site.
4/12 New homes
The new properties will be designed around landscaped grounds, rill water features, private gardens and protected woodland, complete with parking and garaging.
5/12 Public artwork
Large pieces of glass etched with scenes from the famous movies produced at the studios will be erected in the grounds. They will be backlit and illuminated at night.
6/12 Family homes
Around the eastern side of the site will be avenues of three- and four-storey terraced housing and, in the northern section, two- and three-storey detached townhouses; all overlooking communal landscaping and private gardens.
7/12 Starry streets
It is planned that the streets within the development will be named after the famous historic movies, directors and actors and actresses who worked at the studios over the decades.
8/12 Denham Film Studios
An aerial view of the site now owned by Weston Homes.
9/12 Denham Film Studios
The exterior of the Grade-II listed Denham Film Studios Film Laboratories, which was built in 1936.
10/12 Working laboratory
Workers checking negatives and Bond movie footage.
11/12 Testing... testing...
An equipment check at the film laboratories.
12/12 Private cinema
Major Hollywood directors, including Stanley Kubrick, James Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Steven Spielberg, screened footage in the on-site cinemas. One of these is being restored to create a cinema, theatre and club for residents.
The centrepiece of the development will be The Film Laboratories, a Grade II-listed Art Deco building built in 1936 and designed by Walter Gropius for producer Alexander Korda, where Hollywood directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Steven Spielberg screened their films.
It will be converted into 49 flats, with one of the cinema rooms restored for use by residents as a cinema, theatre and club.
Around this, three four-storey apartment blocks will be built, alongside avenues of three- and four-storey houses, with street names named after films, directors and actors and actresses linked to the site.
The studios were visited by Queen Mary in 1937, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1938. During the Second World War, the film labs were used by the US military for reviewing top-secret aerial film and photographs taken over Nazi-occupied Europe.
Films produced and edited on the site include Brief Encounter, The Great Escape, Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Bond movies Tomorrow Never Dies, GoldenEye, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, as well as E.T., three Superman films and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.
The site closed in 2014 and its sale to Weston Homes was finalised a few months ago. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive officer of Weston Homes, says: "For almost 80 years the Denham Film Studios played a central role in the history of Hollywood and British movie making... this is without doubt the most exciting, glamorous and unique restoration project Weston Homes has undertaken to date."