Planning approval has been granted for a project which will double the scale of Belfast film studios where the fantasy series Games of Thrones is filmed.
The extension of Belfast film studios in the Titanic Quarter will cost £14m and provide an additional 100,000 square feet of facilities.
The investment will almost double the existing production space at Titanic Studios, which incorporates Harland and Wolff shipyard’s former Paint Hall building.
The application is for two film studios, film production workshops, additional film production uses, installation of a roof-mounted solar panel system, car parking plus access and site works.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “This planning application for two film studios and supporting facilities would if constructed, put Belfast on the map as one of Europe’s largest film production locations.
“The use of sustainable technology with the roof-mounted solar panel system is also to be welcomed. These photovoltaic roof-mounted panels convert solar radiation into electricity which reduces costs – a win-win for business and the environment.
“Developments like this are leading the way in helping Northern Ireland move towards a low-carbon economy.”
He added: “It is my aim to ensure planning creates a better environment and a stronger economy. This development helps to do this.”
Belfast Game of Thrones actor JJ Murphy died on Friday at his home only days after starting his new role on the HBO series.
The 86-year-old was cast to portray Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of a military order. He began filming scenes last week.