This project saw the conversion, refurbishment and structural alterations of a Grade II* listed building which formerly housed the local museum, to transform it for use as a public library.  Works included the insertion of a new two storey extension infilling the existing central courtyard, restoration of the existing fabric and alteration to building services.

This building was originally constructed in 1859 and retains elements of significant architectural and historical interest and our project works were designed around these.  The project presented a number of challenges:

  • Protection of listed parts of the building;
  • Underpinning without disturbing the existing building;
  • Bringing a 19th century structure up to 21st century fire and DDA requirements;
  • Anextremely tight site on a congested one way street, making access difficult.

Thomas Sinden worked closely with the English Heritage throughout to ensure the heritage and integrity of the beautiful Grade II* listed building was not compromised, we rextorted many of the original features which had been neglected over the years.

Town centres are critical to the capital’s prosperity in the 21st Century so it’s fantastic to see the opening of such a superb facility right here in the centre of Wandsworth Town

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London