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
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.
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