Limehouse Studios

Limehouse Studios

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Limehouse Studios was an independently-owned television studio complex built in No. 10 Warehouse (30 Shed) of the South Quay Import Dock. This was located at the eastern end of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs in London, which opened in 1983. The building was demolished just six years later, in 1989, to make way for the massive Olympia & York development of Canary Wharf which now occupies the site.

The warehouse was built for Fruit Lines Ltd, a subsidiary of Fred Olsen Lines for the Mediterranean and Canary Island fruit trade. At their request, the wharf was given the name Canary Wharf. The company moved to Millwall Docks, in 1970.

One of the first successes of the London Docklands Development Corporation, the studios were housed in the immensely strong converted shell of a disused rum and banana warehouse built in 1952. At a cost of about £3.6m, and under the design of Terry Farrell, this was transformed into a complex containing two studios of and and various associated production offices and post-production facilities. The two studios were contained in suspended concrete boxes mounted on independent giant springs to reduce external vibration, and the whole complex was fitted out to the highest standards.

As one of the then few independent facilities in London, founded by a group of executives from the former Southern Television after that company had lost its ITV franchise in 1981, the...
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