Our latest consent from the London Borough of Wandsworth
replaces an existing chapel, creates a new community hub and adds homes to the local
area all on a small corner plot on Battersea Bridge Road.
The existing building owned by the London City Mission had become unfit for use. LCM and their tenants 'The Bridge Church' could no longer use it to serve the community successfully. It was in need of significant investment to undertake a programme of repair and could not be viably extended to provide the facilities that The Bridge Church required.
Our proposal, working with local developer The Cherwell Group, will provide a completely new community building with larger and upgraded facilities. These are spread over ground and first floors consisting of a large double-height hall, meeting rooms and classrooms, with secondary functions of kitchen, toilets and offices. The first floor includes a separate affordable workspace. Above these offices, there are six floors of 24 homes, with 37.5% designated as affordable dwellings.
The team liaised with the local authority, who are regenerating an estate on neighbouring land to achieve a coordinated solution for the local area. The architecture gives prominence to the community centre, with generous glazed areas and glazed terracotta piers at the lower floors. The piers feature a bespoke pattern inspired by the cast-iron balustrade of Battersea Bridge. This pattern is also used on internal shutters to control light and privacy to the hall, and other decorative features around the building.
New housing that funds new facilities for local community groups has symbiotic benefits and it is a typology that GRID working with for a number of projects. This project will make a huge difference to the scope and effectiveness of community outreach work from this site. Combined with the delivery of much-needed housing, within a modest but exciting architecture, this project is an exemplar of upgrading community facilities.