A colony of artists working in makeshift studios in Butler’s Wharf, Bermondsey were evicted in 1980 as the building was being converted to a luxury hotel, shopping and office development. The artists had to hunt round London to find another building that offered affordable space that was suitable for artists’ studios. They eventually found Chisenhale Works, which had been abandoned for a decade. When the dance studio that was also located in Butler’s Wharf decided to relocate to Chisenhale Works, they brought the sprung floor with them. The artists refurbished the building themselves, painstakingly replacing every piece of glass in the windows, starting from ground floor and working their way up the building. The glass was donated to the artists from a local company that had no use for it.
(Source: '40 years of Chisenhale' - YouTube film by founding member and interdisciplinary artist John Fuller)