The new workshop is located within easy reach of central London
UK - Specialist set designer Diagon has created a new 40,000sq.ft workshop in Erith, southeast London. The facility doubles the company's indoor footprint and will house specialist departments for carpentry, engineering, paint and CAD.
A provider of bespoke scenic build and installation services for the retail, exhibition and event sectors, Diagon works with clients including Christie's auction house, George P Johnson, the BRIT Awards and artist and stage designer, Es Devlin.
Tom Sabin, managing director, comments: “This fabulous new facility marks a huge milestone for Diagon. Coming just after our 21st anniversary, we have doubled our fabrication capacity, created a new studio department with incredible draughting and design capability and added some fantastic staff to the team. With a busy summer ahead, we now have the ability to further step up the scale and quantity of projects we can take on.”
Diagon has expanded each workshop department and invested in new equipment, machinery and storage including a new dedicated assembly area of 120sq.m where clients can see work in progress or full test builds with tech integration.
The workshop’s internal height of 7.5m gives Diagon space for large scale builds with the addition of another 20,000sq.ft of hardstanding yard area for easy truck access and outdoor test build space. Within the facility there is a dedicated area of 5000sq.ft for client storage where sets and installations can be kept in a secure, dry area in pristine condition for future use.
Other improvements include large bed laser and plasma cutters in addition to two three-axis CNC machines, a 3D printer for prototypes and modelling and a second spray booth for the paint department.
Diagon has also formed strong links with local schools and colleges. As part of this outreach, the company recently donated a set from a major music awards ceremony to Canterbury Academy’s drama department. The set builders are also taking on local students for work placements and apprenticeship schemes and working with clients to plan more set donations to nearby schools and theatre groups. To help facilitate their ongoing expansion, they are also currently hiring for a range of workshop freelance roles.
The new workshop is located within easy reach of central London - with the nearby Erith or Belvedere rail stations just 30 minutes’ journey from London Bridge and ample secure parking.

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