Deluxe site to be redeveloped
Building to be ‘brought back to life’
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