Its rare to come across a site that has affected so many lives and created so many emotions as this location. The Deluxe laboratories was one of the leaders in film processing and the most advanced outside of Hollywood. Stanley Kubrick insisted on development being done here and many other classic films were processed here. Full Metal Jacket, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, ET, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall, Just to name a few.
Originally a whole studio complex was built here in 1936 the Rank labs was used for processing and editing the studios eventually closed in the 1950's and the site was redeveloped into a business park, however the labs remained here.
The building is one of five in the UK designed by Walter Gropius the founder of Bauhaus. Its one of few surviving examples of industrial architecture of the Modern Movement in England and the only remaining building of the original Denham Film Studio Complex.
I saw a report of this site online and I knew time was short and expected it to be a popular location so with no hesitation I shot down here after work. I clearly didn't think this through. A couple of cars on site but I figured it would be security or people tidying up. As soon as I was inside I heard voices coming from the open door I walked in. Down the corridor was a PIR. No idea if some of the sensors would work I was stuck and got to enjoy a northern guy singing away while doing the washing up!! Eventually he moved on and I got to have a wander around. Only one other close call with a member of staff so I was rather lucky and got to leave with my camera full of history.
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