Asbestos found in three soundstages at Elstree Studios.

Three historic film stages to be demolished at Elstree Film Studios as asbestos found.

Three sound stages at Elstree Film Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, have been found to contain asbestos and crumbling Raac (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete).

The planning committee at Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) agreed to the demolition of stages seven, eight and nine, to begin this month and complete by August 2024.

Classic films including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars and The Shining were made there.

Construction workers found asbestos in the building in 2022.

Elstree studios Asbestos

HBC, which owns Elstree Film Studios said the roofs in these buildings – which were first used in the 1960s – “had not only lost their useful life but were in a dangerous state”. Previously the stages were planned to be rebuilt, although this remains to be confirmed,

Ross Whear, head of planning at HBC, said: “If a building came back like-for-like in that location, then the fact there was a building there […] would be a material consideration in the consideration of a new building.”

The three stages were once home to quiz shows Pointless and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? In addition, they were used to film the Star Wars films from 1977 onwards, as well as the 2014 film Paddington.

 

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