Celebrated costume designer Adrian Gwillym is facing eviction from his London workshop.
Gwillym, who has dressed Russell Crowe and Sacha Baron Cohen in Les Miserables and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, runs Academy Costumes from a building housed in the railway arches of Union Street in Southwark.
However, his business has been thrown into jeopardy as executives at the railway company which owns the property, Network Rail, want to turn the workshops into offices.
Gwillym has been given until June (13) to exit the premises, despite signing a three-year lease in October last year (12), and he is fuming about the proposed eviction.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "They gave us three months' notice. I asked them if they were developing the arches into offices to make more money and they said 'yes'. We asked them when they turn the arches into new offices would we be considered, but they said we weren't allowed to put an offer in.
"All my stuff is made here in England. British railway arches have been a mainstay of my business for 20 years and there's very few workshops like this in central London."
A Network Rail representative says the increased rent for offices would "reduce the cost of the railway to passengers" but more than 2,000 residents and workers have signed a petition opposing the scheme, claiming it would destroy businesses that are vital to the community.
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