Our role

Ashfold has been retained by Battersea Arts Centre since 2007. Working initially as members of the client’s capital group and subsequently as contract administrators and project managers on various phases of the Victorian building’s refurbishment and redevelopment.

Since 2014, Martin Long has also been involved in a voluntary capacity offering his construction management services. Currently Ashfold are retained as project managers for the final phase restoration project.

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Project details

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) is housed in a Grade II* listed former town hall in south west London. It is widely regarded as an important hub for UK performing arts and the building itself has a remarkable political history.

In 2007 BAC embarked upon an ambitious phased £13 million programme to renew and restore the treasured Victorian building. Working with award winning theatre architects Haworth Tompkins to improve public and performance spaces and accessibility. In 2015 a fire devastated the much loved Grand Hall and thanks to a series of public sector grants, this was sensitively restored and reopened to great acclaim in 2018. The final phase of works involve the restoration of Town Hall Road.

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  • Location: Lavender Hill, London
  • Budget: £13 million
  • Dates: 2007 – present
  • Project Team:
    Architect – Haworth Tompkins
    Contractor – 8Build, Ashe Construction, Gilbert-Ash
    Structural engineer – Price & Myers
    Services engineer – Skelly & Couch, XC02
    Theatre consultant – Theatreplan, Charcoalblue
    QS – Bristow Johnson
    Acoustic engineer – Gilleron Scott, Sound Space Design
  • Awards:
    Theatre Building of the Year, The Stage Awards 2019 (Haworth Tompkins)
    RIBA London Award 2019 (Haworth Tompkins)
    RIBA London Client of the Year Award 2019 (Battersea Arts Centre)
    RIBA National Award 2019 (Haworth Tompkins)
    Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award 2019 (Haworth Tompkins)