Royal Victoria Patriotic

Royal Victoria Patriotic

This magnificent Grade II Victorian Gothic building was restored to house a mixed community of flats, studios and workshops. Originally named as the Royal Victoria Patriotic Asylum, the building was designed by Major Rhode Hawkins in a heroically ornate Gothic style. The foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria on 11th July 1857 and the first phase was completed in 1858 to an almost entirely symmetrical plan form. The result was judged to be ‘bold, picturesque and effective’ by The Building News (October 8th, 1858).

The building was offered for sale by the GLC in 1980. Several offers were received but all except one was subject to the cost of repair. Eventually a lease was granted to Tuberg Property Company Ltd (now South of the Border Holdings Ltd) with the right to acquire the freehold for £1 subject to the performance of a schedule of repair and restoration works.

A Civic Trust commendation was awarded in 1985 for the restoration works for the one of the hall's ceiling. Another Civic Trust commendation was awarded for the restoration of the whole building in 1987 as was the Europa Nostra Order of Merit. It was to be a mixed use development – providing studios and workshops to designers, artists and craftsmen together with residential spaces. The solution to the use of the two large halls was provided by ALRA who occupied these and other spaces for their drama school.

In addition to the halls the building now provides 27 flats, 20 studios, 15 workshops and 1 bar and restaurant together with 2 large office units in the chapel.

Transport Links

Rail links: Wandsworth Common (South West Trains).

Bus links: There are numerous bus links providing extensive travel connections across London.

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