Search

Renewed flats threat to ‘vibrant’ working community at Holborn Studios

PUBLISHED: 15:51 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:51 05 November 2015

Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, Hackney.

Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, Hackney.

Archant

The iconic Hoxton photographic studio – where the likes of music moguls Madonna, David Bowie and even the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, were captured on film – is under threat from demolition yet again.

Montagu Evans has submitted a planning application on behalf of Galliard Homes to partly demolish the commercial space in Eagle Wharf Road which borders the Regent’s Canal, from where 25 companies operate employing 350 workers.

While the Victorian chimney, which was added to Hackney Council’s local heritage list last year, would be retained, Holborn Studios will be partially demolished to make way for a mix of commercial space and residential flats in blocks between three and seven storeys.

Twenty-two per cent of the residential units proposed will be “affordable”.

Vince McCartney, who set up Holborn Studios in 1989, said: “The plan is to move everyone off site for two to three years during construction, which would effectively end the vibrant community that we have spent 26 years building.”

London Assembly Member Jenny Jones, who last week visited the photographic studio – which is the largest in Europe – said: “The community of organisations at Holborn Studios is a good example of how local businesses can boost a local area and provide jobs – the developer’s plan to destroy the listed buildings and the 350 jobs is an awful mistake.

“Of course we need more homes, but we also need places for people to work.

“What’s more, more of the homes should be affordable to people living and working in the area, not just rich investors. I do hope that the council will appreciate the local and historical value of Eagle Wharf and protect it from unsympathetic development.”

The Gazette has tried to contact the developers but they have not responded to comment.

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 17:24

A late strike from Lily Owsley saw England come from behind to grab a point in their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup opener with India.

Pre-season friendly: Concord Rangers 2 Leyton Orient 3

Yesterday, 11:30

London Lions have announced that guard Jordan Spencer will begin his professional career in the capital next season.

Yesterday, 11:30

Middlesex all-rounder James Fuller had mixed feelings after his stunning 6-28 haul proved in vain in a Vitality Blast T20 defeat at Hampshire.

Yesterday, 10:00

James Fuller’s six-wicket haul proved in vain as Middlesex lost to Hampshire in their latest Vitality Blast T20 match on Friday night.

Yesterday, 09:00

Lunchtime gardening by office workers has turned a littered patch near London Fields into a blooming community project.

Yesterday, 08:30

Hackney’s streets are not used to being scorched two weeks running and the aromas being revealed make for an intense running experience, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Yesterday, 08:00

NBA Crossover runs from August 10-12

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists