ARDMORE Studios has said that discussions with Limerick City and County Council about opening a studio in the city are “ongoing”.
The deal to develop a major film and television production hub in the old Dell building was expected to be announced shortly after the council bought the building for €5.5m in May, but it has yet to be confirmed.
Ardmore has now opened an additional production facility near its primary location in Wicklow with over 30,000 sq ft of studio space. Responding to queries from the Limerick Leader as to the status of the Limerick development and whether the new Ardmore Film Factory unit in Bray would impact on Ardmore’s plans for Limerick, a spokesperson said: “Unfortunately as discussions with Limerick County Council are ongoing, Ardmore Studios are not in a position to comment further at this stage.”
A council spokesperson said it was “fully aware of Ardmore’s current plans in Wicklow. Discussions in relation to the proposed Limerick Film Studios project are progressing”.
The studio had said in May that it was “assisting the city in its endeavours to make Limerick the centre for growth in the film and television sector.
“They have cemented their commitment by acquiring the building. We are in discussions with them and expect to announce further details in the coming weeks,” said the spokesperson after the local authority announced it had purchased the 350,000 square foot facility. The council said it was acquiring the building “as part of its strategy for infrastructural development”.
“It is proposed that the building will house a major international media hub to facilitate the production of film and television content and to provide support services,” said a spokesperson.
Conn Murray, chief executive of Limerick City and County Council said at the time that “our discussions with Ardmore Studios are continuing at pace since we first announced that we were working together late last year.
“The purchase of this building is the first step in our strategy to create major studio facilities in Limerick. The next part of the process is to finalise our discussions with Ardmore Studios. We have been encouraged by the response to this initiative.”