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Barclays Helps Fund New Game Of Thrones Studio Tour In Co. Down

Published on Apr 19 2021 12:15 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Game of Thrones / Barclays / Linen Mill Studios

Barclays Helps Fund New Game Of Thrones Studio Tour In Co. Down

Barclays has been appointed as corporate banking partner for Co. Down's Linen Mill Studios, and will help to fund a new Game of Thrones studio tour that is being developed there.

As reported by The Irish News, under the finance deal, Barclays has agreed a £10 million term loan to partly fund the £36.5 million tour attraction that is being developed at Linen Mill Studios, which is located in the Co. Down town of Banbridge and owned by John Hogg and Company and the US-based Stephens family of Stephens Inc.

The tour attraction, which is being developed under licence with WarnerMedia and is due to open this summer to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Game of Thrones, will include an interactive tourist hub that will house set pieces, props and costumes from the popular television show, and will also highlight the design, art, make-up, prosthetics and CGI technology processes that were used to make the show.

Barclays Relationship Director Statement

The Irish News quotes Barclays relationship director Gavin Campbell as saying, "Our relationship model has already added value to the project, and we will continue to provide operational accounts and industry support as the team continues to build out its processes.

"We have been impressed by the management team's dedication and foresight to deliver an eco-friendly world-class attraction which will celebrate the impact Game of Thrones has had on Northern Ireland."

Linen Mill Studios Director Statement

Additionally, The Irish News quotes Linen Mill Studios director Andrew Webb as saying, "We are now gathering momentum towards opening one of the most exciting visitor attractions in Northern Ireland's history.

"The prospect of a Game of Thrones studio tour has already generated huge excitement and interest among fans around the world, and we expect our opening to play a significant part in underpinning Northern Ireland's economy and rejuvenating the tourism sector in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic."

Previous Finance Deal

The above news follows news from October of 2020 of a separate £3.5 million finance deal for the currently-in-development tour attraction.

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