Deluxe site to be re­de­vel­oped

Build­ing to be ‘brought back to life’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

DE­VEL­OP­ERS be­lieve that their plans to turn a for­mer film pro­cess­ing site into new homes will ‘bring back life’ to a listed build­ing.

Last month, Bloor Homes an­nounced a scheme to re­de­velop the for­mer Deluxe Lab­o­ra­to­ries site in North Or­bital Road, Den­ham.

The site has been va­cant since film pro­cess­ing company Deluxe stopped us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties in April this year, fol­low­ing the rise in the num­ber of films be­ing shot dig­i­tally.

Since be­fore the war, Deluxe Lab­o­ra­to­ries had used the site to process some of the best known films in movie his­tory but, with the ad­vent of dig­i­tal film­mak­ing, had found work harder to come by.

Bloor now wants to turn the site into 246 new homes and apart­ments, 40 per cent of which will be ‘af­ford­able’ hous­ing.

It also wants to ren­o­vate the Grade II listed build­ing at the site, which had been used as both of­fices and for film pro­cess­ing.

Strate­gic plan­ning di­rec­tor for Bloor, David Joseph, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing project which will bring back to life a re­ally in­ter­est­ing lo­cal build­ing, which is largely hid­den from the pub­lic eye.

“We’ve tried to re­flect the his­tory of the site in the plans, in­clud­ing re­tain­ing the sig­nage and us­ing modernist de­sign to re­flect the set­ting of the main build­ing.”

For­mer screen­ing rooms at the site will be turned into a com­mu­nity cin­ema for peo­ple in the area to use.

A pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion was held last month and Bloor is now plan­ning to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion later this year.

Parish coun­cil clerk John Cole­man said: “Some of our coun­cil­lors went along to the pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion and have had meet­ings with Bloor, and I think they have been im­pressed.

“The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion hasn’t gone in yet though, so we will have to wait and see ex­actly what is be­ing pro­posed be­fore we will know how to re­spond.”

RE­VAMP: An im­pres­sion of how the Deluxe site in Den­ham could look

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