Along with many other businesses that were based in Stratford and East London, the development of the London 2012 Olympic site forced Diagon to move from our old set building workshops at Rooff House in Stratford to Thameside in 2012.
Moving to Belvedere gave us almost double the workshop space, a bigger test build area for pre-building our larger set designs and the room to have new 2pac spray painting workshops with controlled drying areas, meeting rooms, staff break out areas, masses of storage, all of which we were delighted with.
But as we all know, whatever space you are given, you fill it, and just 5 years later, in our 16th year of trading, we found ourselves needing yet more space for our specialist set building and installation services.
Moving a set building company is torturous, we have an arsenal of machinery with specific power and ventilation requirements - our Multicam CNC machines require a specialist team of technicians to move and re-calibrate them, and we are happy with our Greater London location as we are only 5 mins from Abbey Wood station, where next year Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line will get us directly to Bond street in 25 minutes.
The solution was to build an extension giving us an additional 8000 square feet that extends our engineering and finishing departments, accommodates 8 more set building carpentry bench stations, some handy new storage areas and just gives us all a bit more, well, breathing space.