Sands End Arts & Community Centre
- Location: Fulham, London
- Client: Hammersmith & Fulham Council
- Date: 2017 - 2020
- Awards: RIBA Stirling Prize - Shortlist 2022 RIBA National Awards - Winner 2022 RIBA London Awards Building of the Year - Winner 2022 RIBA Regional Awards - Winner 2022 RICS Awards - Shortlist 2022 AJ Awards - Winner 2021 Structural Timber Awards Architect of the Year - Winner 2021 Civic Trust Awards - Regional Finalist 2021 Wood Awards - Shortlist 2021 AJ Retrofit Awards - Shortlist 2021 Dezeen Awards - Longlist 2021 New London Awards Culture & Community - Winner 2018
We have designed a creative Arts and Community Centre for Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The centre provides large and airy spaces for art exhibitions, dance classes and community events alongside an ancillary café.
Our client’s mission was to create a centre which would advance social cohesion in the community; encouraged use, felt alive, was sustainable and merged seamlessly with its environment. It is designed as a meeting place, that feels welcoming to all; helping to shrink the community’s wealth gap, promote inclusivity and be multi-use. Through the design process we worked closely with the community, listening to their aspirations, and being proactive in bringing our client and community with us.
A member of the residents delivery group for the centre describes it as:
“A meeting place, a hub of activity across languages, cultures and economic background, a venue for creative expression, a flexible space which encourages the community to be flexible in its use. Perhaps most importantly, it will be what the broader Sands End community want it to be; today and for decades to come.”
The form of the building takes inspiration from the 19th century glasshouses – built by the preeminent horticulturalist James Veitch– that previously occupied the site at South Park.
It frames new landscaped spaces and is designed to be sustainable, not only because it has the potential for ongoing revenue generation, but also in terms of construction approach where we have used CLT and an innovative new brick made from waste products. This is the first time this product has been used in the UK.
The centre is fully accessible and caters for all user groups and ages with consideration of youth and older people.
A film commissioned by the AJ for the RIBA's Stirling Prize can be viewed here.