THORNSETT ROAD

Earlsfield, London

This new building, developed for Banham Group as their new headquarters, involved the demolition and replacement of an existing industrial building, and the retention and refurbishment of a stand-alone pavilion located adjacent to the River Wandle, in south London. The building is part five storeys to produce a robust built form to the high railway embankment; and part four-storey fronting onto Thornsett Road to provide an appropriate scale to the street with a legible building line and active frontage.

The building responds to its context with simple robust architecture that settles into the perspective of suburban rooftops and chimneys. The building form comprises two wings, unequal in length, which are linked by a large single storey volume. The southern corners of each of the wings are two distinct features; on Thornsett Road on the first floor, an oriel window is drawn from the face of the brickwork; and in a similar position of the railway wing on the second floor there is a cantilevered balcony connected to the staff canteen.

The selected materials are facing brick for the majority of façades, with large punched openings containing fixed-windows and opening timber faced ventilation panels to the sides.

 

Anja Bradley, Federico Palazuelos Botella, Mark Ellison, Kenny Fitzmaurice, Alex Ford, Helena Gomes, Miranda Li, Robert Maxwell, John Milligan, Sarah Sperber, Eleni Stylianidou, Ruth Treacher

Team

Client
Banham Group
Contractor
McLaren Construction Ltd
Cost consultant
Moulton Taggart
Structural engineer
Davies Maguire + Whitby
Services engineer
Max Fordham
Fire consultant
The Fire Surgery
BREEAM consultant
Max Fordham
Acoustic consultant
Max Fordham
Traffic consultant
Sinclair Knight Merz

Photography
Ståle Eriksen

Data

Completion date
2015
Area
5,200sqm
BREEAM rating 
Very Good
Location
20 Thornsett Road
London SW18

Architectural Record 
Good Design is Good Business Award
2017
RIBA Award
2016
British Council of Offices Award
2016
Wandsworth Design Award
Commendation 2015