31st August, 2021
Proposed Film & TV Studio Development will significantly Boost Local Economy -
Silver Rock Studios Submit Planning for Nenagh Site
Silver Rock Studios has submitted a planning application for the development of a purpose-built Film & TV production studio for a site on the Lisbunny Estate in Nenagh, previously occupied by the old Rorer pharmaceutical Company. The €30 million project, which is planned to commence later in 2021, will generate 250 construction jobs, and initially around 250 creative industry jobs, which will catapult the town of Nenagh into becoming a key part of the existing Film & TV hub in the mid-west region of the country.
“Nenagh is the perfect setting for Silver Rock Studios due to its central location in Ireland, its excellent motorway infrastructure, proximity to Lough Derg, and access to Shannon Airport. The diverse range of idyllic green landscapes and historical features for filming locations along with the warmth and reception received from the people of Nenagh underpinned our decision” - Andy Egan, President & Founder of Silver Rock Studios.
Subject to planning application approval, Silver Rock Studios aims to commence construction of phase one and master planning for further expansion with additional investment and jobs to be created over the next three years. Phase one of the development is projected to be complete by Summer 2022. It will consist of 70,000 sq. ft. of sound stages and over 90,000 sq. ft. of workshops, production support and training facilities. The facility will also provide dedicated support space for specialised creative suppliers to the industry. In keeping with Nenagh’s progressive urban regeneration plans, Silver Rock Studios will be a Nearly Net-Zero (nZeb) Carbon Energy Building.
Andy Egan added; “Studio space is at a premium across Europe, and Ireland is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. I would like to thank Tipperary County Council for their support and enthusiasm for the project, and particularly Alan Kelly TD, who once he became aware of the project, was dedicated to bringing it to Nenagh, plus Screen Ireland and the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar who have also been very supportive throughout.”
The project plans were backed up by a recently published report by Price Waterhouse Coopers - PWC (April 2021) that quoted - Regional production activity plays an important role in sustaining local and rural economies, providing people with opportunities and means to continue to work and live in their local communities.
The proposed development aims to capitalise on Ireland’s already established world-wide reputation as a production location and Silver Rock Studios is committed to adding to the existing crew based in the region, developing a training academy for new entrants, and upskilling the current workforce, whilst becoming a significant employer and supporting the long-term growth of local communities. The project will positively impact Nenagh, Tipperary and be a welcome addition to Ireland's overall studio facilities.
Alan Kelly Tipperary TD, ‘Over 22 months ago Andy Egan walked into my office to discuss the idea of creating a large-scale film studio in Nenagh. I said I would do everything I could to support him. We have worked collaboratively and extensively on the project ever since. This has involved finding the site on Dublin Road in Nenagh, getting support from Government departments and agencies and working closely with Tipperary Co Co along with a range of other local and national stake holders. It has been an exciting period despite the very difficult working environment due to the restrictions of Covid during this period. I am delighted that we have reached the point now where Silver Rock is applying for planning permission for phase one of their film & television studios. Put simply this project has the potential to be one of the biggest ever to come to county Tipperary. It has the capacity to create hundreds of direct and indirect sustainable jobs and it can put our county and particularly the town of Nenagh on the map on a worldwide stage. I have been particularly impressed to learn of Silver Rock's plans for the training of both of new students, but also retraining for local people to be able to work within a new industry sector. I would also like to thank Mr. Tony Donlon and United Metals Ltd for all their work and efforts to date in getting the project to this stage. There is a long road to travel and many challenges ahead but working with the Silver Rock team, I will keep everyone informed as the project matures through the different stages.’
More information will be released throughout the summer, as several negotiations are embargoed, until planning is obtained. The website will be kept up to date with news as the project moves forward. At this point a full detailed launch will be presented to all interested stakeholders - For more details regarding future recruitment, business collaboration opportunities or to subscribe to the newsletter, Silver Rock Studios would be happy to hear from anyone interested in knowing more. People can register their interest at www.silverrockstudios.ie .