BAC17 credit Philip Vile

Battersea Arts Centre

Phased Transformation Works


Battersea, London



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Single Stage Traditional
Two Stage Design & Build


Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award 2020
Wood Award 2019
Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2019

"You regularly went above and beyond to ensure the organisation was protected and was not financially exposed, working extremely closely with our Capital Project Manger and the wider team. Bristow have become trusted advisors, colleagues and friends delivering every phase on or below budget”

David Jubb

Artistic Director & CEO

Phased transformation works on a Grade II* listed London landmark.

Battersea Arts Centre initially opened in 1893 as Battersea Town Hall, before becoming a community arts centre in 1974. In the ensuing years, the venue gained iconic status, and is today widely regarded as a bastion of the new arts and performance movement in the UK.

Phased transformation works on the Grade II* listed building were ongoing for more than a decade, during which time a major fire broke out engulfing, partially destroying and causing severe structural damage to the building’s Grand Hall in 2015.

The Grand Hall was swiftly rebuilt, with many of its original features preserved, becoming the award-winning focal point for the phased transformation project. Additional phases included the creation of a new public outdoor courtyard performance space, the conversion of unused attics and rooftops for the organisation’s offices and garden, and the entire reconfiguration of the interior spaces to allow flexibility in hosting community events as well as performances.

The multi-phased capital programme gradually transformed the building into a hub of creativity and community, preserving the historic significance of one of South London’s most remarkable and noteworthy landmarks.

Project Gallery

BAC26 credit Philip Vile
BAC24 credit Nicholas Hartwright
BAC23 credit Nicholas Hartwright
BAC21 credit Morley von Sternberg
BAC20 credit Alex Brenner
BAC19 credit Philip Vile
BAC18 credit Philip Vile
BAC17 credit Philip Vile

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