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.


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.

1 comment

  • Strongly opposed to development. A test for Hackney Planners, whose record is pretty dismal.

    Report this comment


    Friday, November 6, 2015

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest Hackney News Stories


“Pinball Geoff” Harvey has been dealing in pinball machines for decades – and when he’s not doing that he’s drumming around Hackney with Mexican surf group the Bikini Beach Band.

CCTV has been released of the moment a prisoner made his escape from Homerton Hospital in his socks, being chased by a medic and the police officer who was supposed to be guarding him.


An ensemble of young singers from across Hackney is looking to swell its membership following a stellar performance at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham.

Yesterday, 17:47

It’s just as likely that you know Rev Sue Makin from social media as from St Mary of Eton in Hackney Wick. She tells Emma Bartholomew how the church can be an ‘unshockable’ listening ear

Yesterday, 11:58

Bike tracks could be installed along Wick Road as part of Hackney Council’s plans to make the borough safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Yesterday, 10:24

A controversial late-night levy for traders selling booze after midnight is set to be voted on tomorrow night by Hackney councillors.

Yesterday, 09:03

A derelict Art-Deco cinema in Stoke Newington Road will reopen as a theatre and music venue after police backed down over capacity demands.

Yesterday, 07:00

An academic programme for former Chelsea FC players making the transfer away from football as part of an ‘aftercare’ scheme is being set up by the Institute for Sport Business at its Hackney Wick campus.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists


Now in its 11th year, Field Day is bringing together an exceptional mix of artists and genres once more to an east London park.