Lambeth shines at London Awards
Schemes providing new offices, housing and schools across Lambeth have been honoured during two separate London-wide architecture and construction awards ceremonies.
The Lambeth Town Hall renovation was shortlisted in the Building Conservation category of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor’s London Awards 2018. Architects Cartwright Pickard worked on the scheme which saw an 18-month restoration of the Grade II listed building in the heart of Brixton.
The town hall was built between 1905 and 1908. The red brick building with Portland stone dressings had had a series of extensions and additions over the years which had diluted its character. The office space inside had become tired and outdated.
The refurbishment has fully respected its original heritage aspects, but it is now fully accessible, meets far higher environmental standards and will be open to the community in new and innovative ways.
Three other Lambeth schemes shortlisted at RICS Awards
Held at The Royal Lancaster Hotel on May 16, the annual RICS Awards, London celebrates inspirational initiatives in the city’s land, property and construction sectors across eight category awards.
Three other schemes in the borough were also shortlisted at the awards. They included the Garden Museum in Lambeth Palace Rd, highlighted by the RICS in the Community Benefit category and the Tourism & Leisure category after extensive remodelling and extension by the architects Dow Jones.
Ronald McDonald House Evelina London was shortlisted in the Community Benefit category. The AEW Architects designed scheme features 59 purpose-built bedrooms for the families of children being treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. The scheme, in brick and stone, sits in a leafy site on the edge of Archbishop’s Park.
New buildings and the refurbishment of the Streatham’s historic Thrale Almshouses by BPTW partnership was shortlisted in the residential category. The project entailed the sensitive refurbishment and extension of locally listed almshouses along with nine new-build flats around a courtyard garden.
RIBA Regional Awards 2018
At the Royal institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Regional Awards 2018 the extensions to the Streatham and Clapham High School was a winner from among a short list of 93 buildings and 203 entries. Architects Cottrell & Vermeulen’s work entailed a ground floor extension featuring a new dining hall, a new school entrance, new reception facilities and landscaping as well as an additional storey of accommodation at roof level.
Projects shortlisted by RIBA included The Department Store, Brixton which was refurbished by Squire and Partners as their new headquarters, a private house and studio development in Rita Road, Vauxhall let by Carmody Groarke architects and a project at Waterloo City Farm in Royal Street, Waterloo by Feilden Fowles Architects.
Word from the Cabinet
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Cabinet member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, said: “The town hall refurbishment has been a crucial project for this council as we have moved from 14 to two offices. I’m delighted with the result of the work, and this recognition is acknowledgment of the scheme’s success.
“Beyond the town hall the range of projects being acknowledged by industry experts illustrates our commitment to new development in Lambeth being of the highest design quality as we work to secure more investment, growth and jobs in the borough.”