Located in the London Borough of Camden, 30 Oval Road is located on the Grand Union Canal towpath close to Camden Lock. The site comprises a former Victorian industrial building sitting above a network of underground tunnels from which goods were transferred from the canal barges to railway carriages at ground level. The neighbouring Interchange House is named to reflect this operation.
Some nearby tunnels are used as part of the Camden Lock Market.
The building had been occupied for a number of years by The Jim Henson Organisation, and was the centre of the animated film industry in London.
The company moved out of Britain in the mid 90’s and the building was sold.
Planning and Conservation Area consent was granted to convert the building into 76 new flats, with the insertion of an additional floor and the addition of two new floors above.
The ground level and the below ground level and the lower canal side level were converted into offices.
The fit-out of the office space included an atrium lit by an inflated ETFE foil roof, and deep bore holes for geothermal heating and cooling.