Client: South London Gallery
Programme: 79 weeks
Contract: JCT 2011 Intermediate with Contractors Design
Description: Alteration and Refurbishment
Works to transform the Grade 2 Listed building, the earliest surviving example of a purpose-built fire station in London, into a new gallery and cultural centre included strengthening of existing floors, extension of the basement area, alteration to the roof, new windows, doors, mechanical and electrical installations, staircase and lift.
Designed by award-winning 6a Architects, the new Gallery space is a mixed-use four-storey building maintaining the original layout as far as possible, and provides gallery space, archive room, artists’ studio, kitchen and terrace, community and education facilities.
Features of the restored building include exposed brickwork, original floorboards and a new white metal feature staircase serving all floors.
The project was on a very congested urban site next door to a working fire station on a busy red-route road with a pelican crossing directly opposite.
Photographs © Johan Dehlin