Built on a tight island site and bounded by a TfL Red Route, the excavation of the basement and construction of the new glass bridge and gallery had to be carefully planned and phased in line with the sensitive negotiation with the neighbouring properties. The relationships and budgetary constraints of the freeholder (the landlord) and the leaseholder (the tenant) were carefully addressed and balanced to achieve an outcome that was in line with all stakeholders aspirations. The project was completed and handed over in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which created a further set of challenges for the project team.
The project has created a unique pay-for-what-you-need arts space where galleries, collectors, dealers, curators and arts professionals can collaborate and flourish. The gradation of increasing environmental control suits the spaces’ uses; from the townhouse galleries to the bright and airy but climate-regulated pavilion, which is used to display more sensitive artworks, to the stable and tightly climate-controlled basement archive.
The project received a RIBA London Award 2022, with the judges commenting that:
The project received a RIBA London 2022 award.