Wimbledon building is commended by the Civic Trust

The transformation of an ex-serviceman’s club in Wimbledon into a state-of-the-art office building has been commended by the Civic Trust.

The development was described as a ‘a brave conversion of a Victorian semi-detached house’ at the 2006 Civic Trust Awards, which took place last Wednesday at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

The Civic Trust commended the build when it announced the winners of the 82 projects from across the UK which received recognition for their design excellence and community impact. All the developments are recognised for their outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment and their cultural, social or economic benefit.

The project at 241 Broadway, Wimbledon includes a long single storey extension to the rear and added separate accommodation on the upper floors. A studio was constructed at the rear occupying a space which previously housed a shed. The building is also environmentally sound, exploiting sunlight from the roof. The building is ventilated naturally, using the ground’s thermal mass to pre-cool hot air in summer, and to warm incoming air in the winter. In order to do this ground pipes are buried in the ground less than 1 metre below the ground floor slab level. The building has a stainless steel frame supporting a cantilevered roof and a mezzanine level to maximise space. The building is the new premises of Elliott Wood Partnership – a structural engineering practice.

Merton’s Principal Planning Officer, Phil Ryder said:

‘I am very pleased to hear that the office development building at 241 the Broadway Wimbledon has been commended by the Civic Trust. This development is a fine example of a sustainable development, which has been designed to minimise the use of non-renewable energy resources. It serves as an excellent demonstration of what can be achieved by environmentally responsible designers and developers. I congratulate everyone who has had a hand in the design and construction of the building’.

Vivienne Newlands, Civic Trust Awards Manager said, ‘Everyone involved in these wonderful projects deserves our congratulations. The 2006 Civic Trust Award winners successfully illustrate the positive impact that a wide range of projects can have on local communities. These are projects that are making a real difference, and we are pleased to see such positive change and development, appropriate to place, community and environment.’

The Civic Trust is a national charity which champions the value of good, inclusive design in the built environment; the Awards ha