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News Time-lapse London – documenting key changes in the capital

23 April 2019 Kate

As one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, London is a prosperous space – particularly for time-lapse photography.

Over 40% of the camera systems we have in the field are based in the capital.

As a snapshot, we have successfully completed projects in locations all over Central London, including Westminster, Battersea, Vauxhall, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Mayfair, Holborn, The Strand, Oxford Street, Kensington and the Square Mile.

Other locations in the Greater London area include Tower Hamlets, Hammersmith, Newham, Harrow and Mile End.

We have extensive experience working in these locations to time-lapse construction, demolition, road, rail and other infrastructural developments. Education, residential, special events and other internal works are also part of our London portfolio.

Time-lapsing in and around Central London

Among our UK time-lapse work, we have implemented high quality capture and careful management on some of the biggest construction developments within London.

Our long-term capture of the prestigious Riverlight project at Nine Elms for St James (Berkeley Group) documented the project from start to completion: from the initial demolition of existing warehouses through to construction of five new residential towers.

This involved installing our time-lapse camera system across the River Thames so that the scale of the build could be captured in its entirety.

The finished St James Riverlight development at Nine Elms

Above: from the old to the new. The finished Riverlight development at Nine Elms – changing the face of London’s skyline along the River Thames.

Other significant Berkeley Group developments in our time-lapse London remit include 190 Strand – a flagship residential development for St Edward.

Again, this involved capturing historic buildings in iconic locations, contributing to the city’s developing infrastructure.

A dual camera system set-up was utilised to capture the demolition of a vacant office block dating back to the 1960s. One of our systems also had to be installed inside St. Clement Danes Church bell tower to provide full coverage of site. The building was rebuilt under design of Sir Christopher Wren in the 1600s – which is visible on the time-lapse edit we produced following the construction phase of the project.

Buildings in the capital often must go up as there’s little to no space to build outwards, particularly in the City of London.

We are currently capturing 70 St Mary Axe for Mace, putting us at the forefront of ongoing construction developments in the main cluster of iconic skyscrapers – the Gherkin among them.

Other Time-Lapse London projects

More of our current work in the city includes providing sustained time-lapse capture for a number of HS2 projects.

This has thus far involved documentation of the demolition phase at the Euston approaches site; work which has done away with old tunnels to make way for construction of 11 new platforms.


We are currently covering key excavations by archeologists at a nearby burial ground, as work at Euston continues to the next stage.

Many of our historical works include other rail developments, including a challenging install and specialist capture at Moorgate Station.

Although, with London being an incredibly diverse space, our time-lapse solutions do not only document its infrastructure and rapidly changing skyline.

Famous for its culture, art and entertainment, we have also time-lapsed special events at renowned indoor and outdoor venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Sotheby’s, Horse Guards Parade and the Emirates Stadium.


We play a privileged part in documenting the rapid changes in one of the world’s most iconic UK cities. 2019 has already brought even more exciting projects for us in the capital but also beyond.

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