2007-03-09 01:00:28 UTC
Alex's Flatblock Marina flat in the film) to have a look at the
commemorative plaque that was unveiled in December of 2006. I only had a
mobile phone camera - it was dark, windy and raining. The pics were lit up
by my car's headlights. Promise I'll take a proper camera in the daytime,
More importantly, is this the first ever plaque that commemorates something
that Stanley Kubrick did? And then only because the building was
refurbished? Hope not. Anyone know otherwise?
That weird mural was made shortly after the film was released. No, there
isn't any 'Dignity Of Labour with nagoy vecks' mural as per the book & film.
It's positioned 17 floors directly below the window of Alex's room.
I've put some pics up at:
Flat number 100 is the one.
Ridgehill Housing association
A member of the ...
Canterbury house refurbishment 2004-2006
Location site of scenes from
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
A film directed by Stanley Kubrick (1928 - 1999) founder member of the
directors guild of Great Britain and recipient of its lifetime Achievement
Plaque unveiled by
1 December 2006
Flat scheme goes like clockwork
By Tommy Norton
A Borehamwood tower block made famous by the 1970s cult film A Clockwork
Orange has been overhauled thanks to a £5 million refurbishment.
Canterbury House, in Stratfield Road, was part of the set for Stanley
Kubrick's controversial masterpiece in 1971, and to mark the completion of
the improvements, a mosaic celebrating the film has been restored to its
Ridgehill Housing Association has spent the past 17 months fitting all 102
of the 1960s two-bedroom flats with new kitchens, bathrooms and central
heating in order to meet the Government's Decent Homes Standard.
The outside has also been transformed with double-glazed windows, balconies
On Friday, a plaque was unveiled by Hertsmere MP James Clappison to
commemorate the completion of the works and the restoration of the Clockwork
The film's anti-hero Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, had an apartment at
the top of a block of flats in Canterbury House, near Elstree Studios, where
the production was based. At the time of filming the owners were put up in a
hotel. Some sequences from the film were also shot in Shenley and Radlett.
Former builder Bob McClintock, 64, has lived at Canterbury House for the
past eight years.
He said: "I cannot believe the difference the work has made, it is
absolutely marvellous and you wouldn't know it was the same place. At night
the building looks so much better all lit up, and when you walk into the
reception, you would think it was a high-class hotel."
Ian Morrison, asset manager at Ridgehill, said: "The unveiling of the
commemorative plaque next to the mosaic signals the completion of the first
phase of Ridgehill's £12 million investment in the Stratfield Road estate.
"Works are programmed to continue until 2010, by which time the whole estate
will have benefited from considerable investment to bring the properties up
to modern standard."