Marlow film Studio

A vision to create a centre of excellence for filmmaking


Dido Property Ltd


Buckinghamshire Council

Key info

World-leading bespoke film studios


Application submitted

Local Plan
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The client

Marlow Film Studio’s founding team formed by local entrepreneurs and art industry professionals. Between them they have delivered projects like the London Olympics, King’s Cross, and CB1 Cambridge and in common they share a deep understanding of the local community’s values and character. The team draws upon wide-ranging experience in the TV, film, and property industries with a mission to create the UK definitive centre for high end film and TV production that will attract the world’s attention.

The challenge

A vision to create a centre of excellence for filmmaking, Marlow Studios will deliver a world-leading film studio and bring 5,000 jobs to Buckinghamshire.
The 1.6m sqft studio is located within the Green Belt, adjacent to the AONB and on a former gravel quarry and landfill site. The project is based on 4 key pillars: Economy & Training; High Quality Design; Sustainability; and Ecology and the scheme has been purposely designed for the industry. It will become a precedent for film studio development in the future, becoming an inspiring place to work, create, educate, and learn, built for a celebrated and award-winning workforce.

The solution

Arrow have acted as Planning consultant for the project, working as part of a world class multi-disciplinary team, leading through the pre-application and planning application stages. A full planning application was submitted in May 2022 with the Green Belt location requiring Arrow to prepare a Very Special Circumstances case and sequential site search.

Consultant team

Mark Schmull

Managing Director – BSC MSC MRTPI

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Mark established Arrow Planning in June 2017 with a vision to enable positive growth within his local community by bringing…

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