School, pub and ice house among winners of Wandsworth Design Awards

Published: 28 February 2018

New student accommodation, a school, a theatre, a pub and the restoration of a listed ice house have all won awards in the 2017 Wandsworth Design Awards.

The biennial awards, founded in 1999, reward high-quality designs that make a positive contribution to their local area. They also spotlight designs that creatively meet the needs of people with disabilities.

Local people were encouraged to send in nominations and the winners were chosen by a judging panel was 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. The project 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.  A 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;

Cllr Will Sweet, the council’s planning chairman, said: “Congratulations to all these worthy winners. They are excellent examples of top-quality contemporary designs as well as sensitive renovations of precious historical gems.

“The Wandsworth Design Awards enable the council to raise the profile of design in the borough and encourage architects to make sure Wandsworth benefits from their very best work.”

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Leslie McDonnell will present the Awards at a presentation sponsored by the Cherwell Group, to be held at the University of Roehampton in March.

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