Buckinghamshire's 'Mini Beverly Hills':Bond, Superman and E.T. film studios to be turned into new homes

Buckinghamshire's famous Denham Film Studios, where films such as Tomorrow Never Dies, GoldenEye, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were produced and edited on site, is set to be transformed into a development of 224 new homes.


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.

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 new properties will be designed around landscaped grounds, rill water features, private gardens and protected woodland, complete with parking and garaging.

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."

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