Wandsworth Design Awards 2017

The Wandsworth Design Awards, which launched in 1999, aim to give public recognition to recent local building projects which make a positive contribution to the local environment and set a good example to others.

The nomination period for the 2017 awards ended on 30 September 2017. 

Nomination criteria 

Suggestions were encouraged for all types of development such as:

  • residential extensions, including loft extensions
  • restoration/conversion projects, including schemes which introduce new uses into older buildings
  • offices and shopfronts, either new or restored
  • new buildings
  • public spaces
  • landscape projects, including front gardens
  • access to buildings and improved provision for people with disabilities
  • sustainable buildings/spaces (buildings/spaces demonstrating excellence in sustainable design and construction)

Projects must have been completed since 1 January 2015 to be eligible for consideration.


The winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of councillors, including local architects, representatives of the Wandsworth Design Review Panel, amenity societies and the Wandsworth Access Association.

The panel agreed that six design awards would be given:

  • Chadwick Hall at the University of Roehampton was also given the Mayor’s Design Award - judges were impressed with its contemporary design to provide student accommodation on a challenging site within the ground of grade II* listed Downshire House which also saw the restoration of the garden and The Watchers, a grade II listed sculpture
  • St. Mary’s RC Primary School, Lockington Road, Battersea - a new school, funded through regeneration, which judges felt “asserts itself in the street scene”
  • Tara Arts Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield - judges liked this imaginative and innovative solution to provide more floorspace
  • 47 Nightingale Lane, Balham - well-executed contemporary residential extension
  • Ice House, Burntwood School, Tooting - this was described as a ‘flawless’ restoration of a grade II listed ice house that was on the Heritage at Risk Register
  • Earlsfield Pub, 511 Garratt Lane - a former railway booking hall has been imaginatively converted into a pub

A further five projects will receive commendations:

  • St John Bosco College, Parkham Street, Battersea - commended for thoughtfulness in design for people with disabilities;
  • Peabody Estate (phase 1), St John’s Hill, Battersea  SW11 – an attractive landscaped courtyard space for residents incorporating play space and using quality materials.
  • Hafer Road, SW11, Battersea -  a contemporary design that sits well in the street
  • Corten House, Putney -  a contemporary building informed by traditional ideas
  • Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability, West Hill, Putney - a quality restoration and conversion to provide a café and focal point for patients, staff and visitors

The Ice House before and after restoration