The International Audiovisual Center will be in Palmela and involves an investment of 200 million Euros. The studio will be environmentally friendly and self-sustainable from day one.
In 2021 the TAGE – International Audiovisual Center project was announced, a partnership between Palmela Municipality and FreshWisdom to be developed over the following years in Vale do Alecrim, in the parish of Palmela.
The Center represented an investment, at the time, of 175 million Euros, which would create 500 construction jobs in each phase, 700 direct jobs in the first phase (the sum of the three will be more than 2,000) and 1,100 indirect jobs in this initial phase (more than 3,000 in the sum of the three).
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The construction of the Tage Studios, as they are being called, has not yet started – it is predicted for the end of next year or the beginning of 2025 – and they will be the first to be built entirely with environmental sustainability in mind. Currently, the investment has increased and the value is already at 200 million Euros.
David Hallyday, founder and director of Tage Studios, guarantees that the studios will be environmentally friendly and self-sustaining from day one. The facilities are designed to be zero energy structures, with photovoltaic panels and systems to recover and reuse electricity and rainwater. The preservation of local biodiversity plays a major role in the construction, as does the use of locally sourced materials and recycled waste.
Hallyday justified the choice of our country for the new facility for two distinct reasons. With solar energy in mind, he considers Portugal “the California of Europe,” due to the average of 300 days a year with sunshine. Also the environmental policies and measures of the Portuguese government at an ecological level weighed in the decision to build the studios on national soil.
The size of the Tage Studios will be on a par with the best studios in the world, and will be the largest in Europe, surpassing Pinewood (London), Warner Leavesden (Watford) and Babelsberg (Berlin). The main studio in Palmela will have 5,200 m2, and there will also be six other stages, between 2,000 and 3,600 m2. The outdoor area will be 55,000 m2, with an open-air water tank.
This investment represents an excellent opportunity for Portugal, both in terms of the film industry and tourism. Hallyday admits the difficulties, high costs and delays that a project of this magnitude presents, but knows that there is no other option. Debbie Levin, CEO of the Environmental Media Association, who is working on the project with Tage Studios, adds: “We can’t wait to start shouting to the world about the opportunity to film in this magical and innovative environment.”