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1336 - Battersea Arts Centre


A Grade II* listed town hall building in Battersea, in use as an arts centre for the last 30 years. The centre has carried out a rolling programme of refurbishment projects, of which HTS has been involved in since 2012.

Key Features 

  • Remodelling courtyard with new lift shaft and additional storey of office space within existing roof trusses. 
  • Refurbishment carried out while centre was open, requiring detailed phasing and sequencing discussions with contractor.
  • Grand Hall roof collapse following severe fire in March 2015 – not part of the construction site at the time. 
  • HTS designed temporary works to retain brickwork gable walls and various other elements of the dangerous structure.
  • New roof trusses designed to accommodate modern theatre tech and access requirements, in addition to heavy acoustic build-up.
  • Elastomeric bearings incorporated within truss bearing to limit loads on brickwork buttresses. Additional loads justified with no strengthening to existing structure. 

Client: Battersea Arts CentreArchitect: Haworth Tompkins

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