Work Starts On Redevelopment Of St Ann's Hill Landmark Building


The Old Sorting Office is being converted into apartments

The Old Sorting Office on St. Ann's Hill
The partially demolished Old Sorting Office on St Ann's Hill

The Old Sorting Offices at 190-94 St Ann's Hill is being converted into one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Wandsworth council's planning committee has approved a scheme that has seen the existing 'Plowden & Smith' building partially demolished to make way for the new homes, while a four storey building will be erected at neighbouring 190-92 St Ann's Hill.

At number 194 there will be a three storey rear extension and mansard. The traditional front elevation will be in retained.

Number 192 will get a dormer roof at the front, as well as terraces on the first and second floors.

The finished development will consist of two three-bed flats, seven two bedders and 13 one-bedroom apartments.

The scheme's developer is London residential and commercial specialist Wynngate. Kent-based architects gdm have produced the designs for the façade and interiors of the new buildings.

The partially demolished fa├žadeThe partially demolished façade

The new development's plans have resulted in 21 neighbour objections, including comments that the design is 'grossly out of character' with its surroundings, concerns about rear balconies possibly creating noise pollution for Aspley road residents, extra height resulting in neighbouring properties being overlooked, and potential parking congestion issues.

The proposed front elevation. Picture: Wandsworth Council/gdm architects
The proposed front elevation. Picture: Wandsworth Council/gdm architects

A bicycle rack and refuse store are planned.

The building was once home to specialist painting, fine art and furniture restoration specialist Plowden and Smith, whose name still appears on the retained façade.

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September 14, 2021