Battersea building schemes win prestigious design awards

Published: 28 October 2016

Two high quality architectural design schemes in Wandsworth have been named among the nation’s best in the prestigious Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

Putney-based Assael Architecture won Best Housing Project for its York Place Buildings scheme in Battersea Square.

It was also named Architect of the Year for submitting the most impressive portfolio of entries to the awards.

Meanwhile Jo Cowan architects & West Eleven were highly commended in the best conversion / refurbishment / restoration category for their project at Bakery Place in Battersea’s Altenburg Gardens. This follows their win in September’s prestigious Architects Journal Retrofit Award.

Planning chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “These are two excellent design schemes and it’s great they have been recognised and honoured in this way.

“I am proud too of the role our planning department and the borough’s Design Review Panel both play in delivering high quality projects. We liaise very closely with architects and developers to ensure that our built environment is of the highest quality.

“In landmark projects we always encourage, and in most cases make it a condition of planning consent, that the schemes are designed to the highest standards and also utilise the best materials.”

The Wandsworth Design Review Panel was established in April 2012 and comprises a panel of independent professionals with architectural and design expertise. The panel assesses schemes prior to planning applications being submitted and so helps shape the final outcome.

Assael’s Battersea Square development saw the conversion of an old granary warehouse, formerly occupied by the Royal Academy of Dance, into 34 self contained flats and a terrace of five houses.

The conversion of the old granary and its extension with contemporary, yet historically sensitive, additions has created a highly attractive housing scheme.

The Bakery Place scheme in Altenburg Gardens involved the transformation of a Victorian era courtyard of stables and coach houses into 11 strikingly attractive apartments.

The scheme offers a contemporary and distinctive living environment that celebrates the history of the original buildings and successfully blends the old and the new, with modern materials carefully selected to draw attention to the detail and craftsmanship of the original Victorian elements.

More information about the Wandsworth Design Review Panel can be found on the council’s website.