Gainsborough Studios

Gainsborough Studios, located on the bank of the Regency Canal in London's Shoreditch, was originally built as a power station and subsequently used as warehousing, then film studios. Main contractor YJL Construction - working for developer Lincoln Holdings - appointed WGI as executive architect when extending the existing complex into an L shape and adding two stylish new blocks. The £35 million development of new build and façade retention provides high density mixed tenure and mixed use including 256 flats, offices, shops, a film editing studio and underground car park.
WGI provided full construction design, secured statutory approvals and co-ordinated all design, including development of key areas such as interfaces between car park, underground railway and canal, fire strategy and mixed use areas.
Dramatic features reflect the building's cultural heritage, reinforced by WGI's trademark detailed execution - acknowledged as being instrumental in winning three design awards.


Date: 2003
Location: Shoreditch, London
Client: YJL Construction (for Lincoln Holdings)
Value: £35m
Service: Architecture: Construction Design