11am – 5pm Wednesdays – Sundays
As part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Pump House Pavilion has been created specially for the Pump House Gallery forecourt, designed by NEON architects in collaboration with Elliot Wood structural engineers and pupils from Chestnut Grove Academy in Balham. Taking influences from the construction sites currently found in the surrounding area this spectacular space will house a variety of events, screenings, workshops and other activities over the course of Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
Come down to Battersea Park and join the team at Pump House Gallery for this diverse series of free family activities and creative experiences which are suitable for all ages that explore cultural exchange, hospitality and gestures of goodwill towards others.
The Pavilion is a partnership project between St William and Wandsworth Council commissioned by Dallas-Pierce-Quintero and Pump House Gallery. It forms part of the cultural development programme for the Nine Elms district, which aims to extend the vitality of London’s South Bank all the way to Battersea Park.
The design for the Pump House Pavilion is the result of an in-depth series of research and design workshops conducted by NEON and Elliott Wood with the pupils of Chestnut Grove Academy. The workshops were ran over a period of three months and covered many of the stages often found in the design of the built environment. These stages included site analysis, invention, structure and space planning. The students felt strongly that the pavilion should both be bold and contemporary but also reference the history and the former function of the Pump House.
The design for the Pump House Pavilion celebrates the pipes that used to flow from the Pump House out into Battersea park. The form is a series of repeated, distorting arches, are designed to reference the iconic front entrance of the Pump House. Different coloured pipes are used to create a hypnotic “op-art” effect which is intended to lure the public into the pavilion because pupils at Chestnut Grove Academy were keen that the form would encourage a sense exploration. Inside the pavilion spools for storing pipes are used to form seating and tables to further celebrate the use of everyday construction materials.
Pump House Gallery managed by Enable Leisure and Culture on behalf of Wandsworth Council.
Chestnut Grove Academy is a mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 19 that prides itself on being a happy and vibrant place to learn. As an art specialist school the visual arts are central to the Chestnut Grove ethos.
NEON is an award-winning design practice that seeks to explore new territories between architecture, design and art. For NEON, design is a process of invention and discovery that grows from the client, the brief and the social, economic and technological environment. They are particularly experienced at producing public projects at an urban scale that engage with the public, transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and create moments of surprise and excitement.
Elliott Wood is a design-led Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy. Elliott Wood has a history of creative engineering, delivering projects from new large-scale building structures, refurbishments of existing buildings with a cultural or historical significance, bespoke architecture, to specialist sculptures and other structurally demanding installations.
Dallas-Pierce-Quintero appointed by St William to manage their cultural strategy.