The start of building work on £330m film studio complex, dubbed Valleywood, has been plagued by repeated delays.
Valleywood dream moves step closer to becoming reality
May 30 2007
by Abby Alford, South Wales Echo
ACTION could finally be called on the much-hyped £300m Valleywood film studio after years of delays.
The Echo understands a major announcement signalling a significant step forward will be made in the next couple of months.
A source close to Dragon International Studios, which is chaired by film-maker Sir Richard Attenborough, said the contract for building work on the £50m first stage of the project in Llanilid near Bridgend – five giant TV studios known as silent sound stages – is due to be awarded.
“We haven’t got a definite date for an announcement but the tenders for the work are in,” said the source.
Work is expected to start on site once the name of the firm that has won the contract is revealed. Today, Ogmore AM Janice Gregory, a long-time supporter of the studio project, said: “I am glad that things appear to be moving on and I am sure it will allay the fears of many people locally who were worried that things were a bit too quiet.”
Lord Attenborough publicly announced in July 2005 – after an earlier delay to hunt for rare dormice – that the complex on the vast 760-acre former opencast coal mining site would be completed by spring this year.
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