Limerick City and County Council plans to work with Ardmore Studios to provide major film productions facilities in Limerick.
The proposed facilities are expected to cost up to €10m and would include the use of the 300,000 sq ft old Dell building in Castletroy, currently used as The Culture Factory for Limerick City of Culture 2014.
The legacy project for Limerick City of Culture, Film Limerick, has already set in motion the idea of Limerick as a location for film production which could result in major employment in the region.
Two films have been commissioned and will be screened at international film festivals in 2015 as part of the legacy project.
“There is a clear and urgent demand for large scale studio space and support buildings in Ireland, and in our analysis, many of the pre-conditions necessary for the creation of studios already exist in Limerick,” said Conn Murray, chief executive, Limerick City and County Council.
“There are a number of suitable sites and buildings in Limerick that can be upgraded and refurbished to the high spec standards that the industry requires and as the core infrastructure is in situ, this can happen over a short time period.”
Ardmore Studios CEO Siún Ní Raghallaigh said Limerick could gain substantially from the benefits of the newly enhanced film tax credit scheme.
“There is growing international interest in Ireland as a production location thanks to the positive tax incentives under Section 481,” she said. “However, the missing piece of the jigsaw is the availability of appropriate full service studio space in the country.
“This is something that Limerick could potentially capitalise on. We ourselves have had to turn away business in the past year because we do not have the required capacity.”