New sixth form block and public works of art win Wandsworth Design Awards

Published: 29 April 2016

A new sixth form block at a secondary school in Tooting and a series of public works of art in Balham High Road have both been named as the winners of this year’s Wandsworth Design Awards.

The awards, which were created in 1999, recognise and reward recent local building projects which make a positive contribution to the local environment and set a good example to others.  

They raise the profile of design in the borough and encourage architects to improve the quality of the built environment.

Nominations can be made for all types of development, including:

Access to buildings – Offering improved provision for people with disabilities.

Residential extensions (including loft extensions).

Restoration/conversion projects (including schemes that introduce new uses to older buildings).

Offices and Shopfronts (new or restored).

New buildings

Public spaces

Landscape projects (including front gardens)

Sustainable buildings/spaces (Those demonstrating excellence in sustainable design and construction)

Nominations are invited from local amenity groups, businesses, architects, residents and people working in the borough for schemes of high quality design and projects that have improved access for people with disabilities completed over the previous two years.

This year 34 projects were nominated, and the verdict from a panel of judges comprising councillors, local architects, representatives of the Wandsworth Design Review Panel, local amenity societies and the Wandsworth Access Association were that the following two awards should be made.

  • Graveney School’s new sixth form block –an imaginative and contemporary design.
  • Artworks in Balham High Road, including the colourful frieze attached to the wall under the  railway bridge. The judges said the art was imaginative and enhanced the town centre.

The winners were presented with commemorative certificates by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Nicola Nardelli at a ceremony held earlier this week at Battersea Power Station, which sponsored this year’s awards.  

The panel also agreed that the following eight projects be commended:

Abbott House, Nightingale Lane, Balham for its contribution to providing additional residential accommodation to the roof of the existing block of flats.

18 Malbrook Road, Putney a well-considered contemporary extension to this residential property

65 Medfield Street, Roehampton an elegant contemporary solution to extending this residential property.

St Paul’s Church Battersea, recognized for the high standard of restoration of this historic building.

143 Lower Richmond Road, Putney a well-mannered restoration of this commercial property including shopfronts.

Banham HQ, Thornsett Road, Earlsfield. commended for its contemporary approach and significant improvement to the design of business development.

Tooting Triangle, Tooting Bec Common commended for the quality of restoring this popular play facility.

37 Manville Road, Tooting commended for the landscape planting brightening up a front garden in this residential street.