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Pinewood Studios 007 Stage

As the set for the blockbusting Casino Royale was being dismantled, the large shed constructed specially for Bond movies burnt down. The Pinewood Group, owners of Pinewood Studios, needed a very quick rebuilding and wanted to take the opportunity to make improvements as well.

In essence they wanted to increase the size to the largest stage in Europe but keep within the same footprint. That meant finding a solution that works structurally and could be built within the very limited timeframe, between July 2006 and February 2007. It is an exercise in applying engineering skill within a complicated matrix of time, value for money and a specialised use.

Though the obvious design solution was to rebuild the walls which originally sloped inwards vertically, that presented considerable structural challenges. The new span would be 50 m, not itself hugely difficult but the structure also has to be capable to hanging large loads, at any point, so the roof has to have a grid. Because of the new loading it was not practical to reuse existing foundations. The result is not the most economical 50 m span roof, but one which is appropriate for this rarified function.

Redesign and construction of the Pinewood James Bond studio following major fire damage

LOCATION
Iver Heath, UK
CLIENT
Pinewood Studios
ARCHITECT
Burland TM, Foster Willis
PROJECT VALUE
£ 7.8 million
COMPLETION
2007