Classic film studios to become £120M housing development

Vania Goncalves 24 May 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Weston Homes plans to transform the Denham Film Laboratories into a new £120M residential development in Buckinghamshire, UK.

The Grade II-listed Art Deco building was originally part of the Denham Film Studios, where Oscar-winning films were processed and then screened to the directors.

The development, which will adopt the Denham Film Studios name, will involve the conversion of the main laboratory and head office building into 224 homes —154 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 70 four- and five-bedroom family townhouses — along with a cinema and a community hall/fitness space.

The new properties are set to be designed around garden squares, landscaped grounds, rill water features, private gardens and protected woodland complete with parking and garaging.  

The cinema — once used to screen movies to Hollywood directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg — will be renovated and turned into a cinema theatre and club for residents.

Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive officer of Weston Homes, said: “For almost 80 years the Denham Film Studios played a central role in the history of Hollywood and British movie making.

“With its iconic Art Deco centerpiece, the retained and restored cinema once used by Hollywood directors and its illustrious history this is without doubt the most exciting, glamorous and unique restoration projects Weston Homes has undertaken to date.

“Our vision at the Denham Film Studios is to create an Art Deco and movie inspired residential address within easy commuting distance of London via rail or road.”

The project will formerly launch in Spring 2017 and prices are anticipated to range from £350,000- £1,500,000.

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