Its idyllic green landscapes, historic features and proximity to Lough Derg and other amenities have made the town of Nenagh, north of Tipperary, an ideal location for a 30 million euro film and television production studio.
A town planning application has been submitted to Tipperary County Council for the proposed development on a site on Lisbunny Estate, previously occupied by the former pharmaceutical company Rorer.
If successful, it could give a boost to the local economy, as well as opportunities for people to live and work in their local communities.
The construction phase of the project should create 250 jobs and, at first, around 250 jobs in the creative industry.
The facility would transform Nenagh into a key part of the existing film and television hub in the west-central region of the country, planning contenders Silver Rock Studio said.
Idyllic green landscapes
Commenting on the recent announcement, President and Founder of Silver Rock Studios, Andy Egan said:
âNenagh is the perfect setting for Silver Rock Studios due to its central location in Ireland, excellent motorway infrastructure, proximity to Lough Derg and access to Shannon Airport.
“The diversity of the idyllic green landscapes and historic features of the filming locations, as well as the warmth and hospitality received from the people of Nenagh, underpinned our decision,” he said.
Subject to approval of the planning request, Silver Rock Studios aims to begin construction on the first phase and plan for future expansion with additional investment and jobs to be created over the next three years.
The first phase of development is expected to be completed by summer 2022. It will include 70,000 square feet of sound stages and over 90,000 square feet of workshops, production support facilities and training.
The facility will also provide dedicated support space for specialist creative suppliers to the industry and will be a near net carbon energy (nZeb) building.
Support rural economies
The plans for the project were supported by a recently released report by PwC Ireland affirming that regional production activity plays an important role in support local and rural economies.
It provides people with opportunities and means to continue working and living in their local communities.
The proposed development aims to capitalize on Ireland’s âalready established global reputation as a production locationâ according to Silver Rock Studios, which said it was âcommitted to adding to the existing team based in the region.
It aims to develop a training academy for new entrants and improve the skills of the current workforce, while becoming a major employer and supporting the long-term growth of local Tipperary communities.