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Building Iguana


Iron Sign
Iguana wasn't built in a day
It took the best part of 2 years to build Iguana studio. We started with an empty building and ended up with a cool and stylish multi-room facility. It took 3 articulated lorries from Italy, about a football team worth of acousticians, architects, engineers builders, electricians etc…The collaboration was international to say the least touching countries like UK, Italy, Germany, Turkey, USA, Poland, Ireland etc.



Bullet factory
The bullet factory
Day1…this is how the warehouse looked when we started. During the second world war it was a bullet factory, but Andrea and his colleagues thought to turn this space into a much more peaceful project. Within Iguana studio premises only art and music is being produced and any destructive form of expression is discouraged.



Supply
Supply
To build the studio we have ordered 80% of the materials from Italy. The Italian suppliers were offering more convenient prices then UK even adding the shipping costs...the only thing is that when the first lorry reached Acre Lane, the builders weren't in UK yet and Andrea was on his own to deal with warehouse management issues and locally people noticed a little smoke coming out of his ears. Likely they understood what was happening and didn't call the Fire-brigade.



Unloading
Unloading
Unloading was quite tricky too. Andrea was running about like a mafioso with a bunch of £10 notes in his pocket to calm down the owners of the local businesses because their shop windows were obscured by our lorry. It all worked out in the end with help from the boys at Alier Engineering and their forklift.



Men at work
Men at work
It wasn't easy to build the studio. The builders had to construct a very complicated wall structure made of up to 8 layers of plasterboard, rock-wool and a thin layer of lead. Specific weight was an issue, but thanks to the architects and engineers involved the premises are now beautifully completed.



Health and safety
Health and safety
We are fully compliant with health and safety regulations, approved by Lambeth Building Control and Fire certificated. As you can see in the picture the multi-layered structure of the ceiling uses a light metal structure filled with rock-wool that act as sound insulator.



Welding
Welding
The 2 rooms at the back of the building already existed, but to successfully insulate them we had to cut away one inch from the existing horizontal RSJs in order to interrupt the transmission of sound. Before doing that, we placed supporting vertical RSJs to balance out the weight after cutting the horizontal beams.



From start to finish
From start to finish
It seems like a miracle that the studio in now in place.

Special thanks to Gianni Famulari (foreman and genius!) and all the collaborators (including the family) involved in the making. Link to staff page for more details on the people. Iguana is now well into the 3rd year of trading and in full operation!


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