When internationally acclaimed artist Norman Ackroyd installed an Aritco HomeLift in the Victorian industrial building that serves as both his home and studio in 2022, it gave him tremendous peace of mind.
Back in 1983, he was living in an ordinary residential house in Clapham in the south of the city, but he needed a spacious workshop as he makes traditional, handmade etchings using antique printing presses. He found the perfect space—a virtually derelict warehouse spanning four floors—in Bermondsey near to London Bridge, a central but run-down, semi-industrial corner of the capital. There were holes in the ceiling, and just one electric point and one tap on the ground floor, but it was a blank canvas and was in very sound condition.
The windowless ground floor became a printing workshop that contains more cast iron machinery than any other building in London. As the first floor was flooded with daylight, it proved perfect for drawing and had plenty of space for storing his prints in archive chests. Bedrooms and bathrooms took up the second floor and the top floor was converted into a kitchen, living room, master bedroom and roof terrace.