See inside borough’s architectural gems

Published: Tuesday 18th September 18

Take a look inside iconic Wandsworth buildings normally closed to the public as part of the Open House London event this week.

Across the capital more than 800 buildings will open their doors, alongside a programme of free neighbourhood walks and architect-led tours.

This year’s event explores the new London that has been emerging over the past 20 years, including new landmark buildings and new districts. In Wandsworth this includes the US Embassy in the heart of the rapidly developing Nine Elms community and the regeneration of the Peabody Estate.

The Wandsworth buildings are:

BAC Lavender Hill, Battersea. Designed and built as Battersea's Town Hall and now home to the Battersea Arts Centre.

BAC Grand Hall (picture: Fred Howarth)

Battersea Townhouse and Studio
. A four-storey townhouse flooded with natural light providing a living and working space.

Blackbook Winery. A converted Victorian railway arch in Nine Elms.

Emanuel School, Battersea. The former Royal Patriotic orphanage has been a school since 1883.

Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite. View show apartments.

Foster + Partners Studio, Riverside, 22 Hester Road, Battersea. Purpose-built architects studio.

Gala Bingo Hall. Exceptional example of the ‘super cinema’ of the 1930s.

The Gala Bingo Hall, Tooting

Quaker Meeting House, Wandsworth. The oldest Quaker meeting house in London.

Queensmere Road. Typical 1980s purpose-built semi transformed by a full-width rear extension.

RCA Battersea: Dyson and Woo buildings. See inside the Royal College of Art buildings in Battersea.

Roehampton University - Parkstead House, Whitelands College, the University Library and the new award-winning Chadwick Hall.

Chadwick Hall

Sister’s Avenue. Refurbished post-war end of terrace

Skinner-Trevino House – a radically transformed Victorian Putney home.

St John’s Hill. The regeneration of the 1930s Peabody Estate in three phases, replacing 351 existing homes with 538 new ones and a new community hub, and creating new pedestrian links with Clapham Junction. 

Tara Theatre. Architectural fusion of east and west in Earlsfield.

Tara Theatre

Tooting Bec Lido
. Built in 1906 and recently refurbished.

US Embassy. Striking new embassy building in Nine Elms.

Wandsworth Prison Museum. More than 400 items telling the prison’s history.

The council’s community services spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “This year’s Open House event has a particularly strong slate of Wandsworth buildings, including a fascinating mixture of the old and the new.

“It’s gratifying to see the borough so well represented because we are keen to raise the profile of architectural design in Wandsworth. That’s why we run the Wandsworth Design Awards which this year recognised three of the buildings taking part this weekend. Please take some time to get a rare look behind the scenes of some real gems.”

Opening times vary, and in some cases visits must be booked. For full details, visit the Open House website.

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