Gainsborough Studios

Value: £38m
Client: Lincoln Holding Plc.
Construction: 2001 – 2002
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

The site for this residential and office development is on the Grand Union Canal on the New North Road which was formerly occupied by brick warehouses – some of which housed the Gainsborough film studios where Alfred Hitchcock made his early films. Developer Keith Meehan purchased the site and proposed 330 apartments, employment space and retail with some film studio space.

The buildings wrap around the edge of the site allowing a large courtyard where there is a huge Corten bust of Hitchcock by the sculptor Antony Donaldson. The lower canalside block is self-contained and timber-clad and
houses the offices of Stephen Marshall Architect on the ground
floor with pleasing views of the canal. The whole site is a model
use of an urban site – open for public access, improving the view
from the park and the canal, and well detailed with a water feature
at the entrance and a bold use of public sculpture by Antony
Donaldson which has become a London landmark.