H-03 – One Oval Gas Works

In Our Back Yard

Our Planning and Architecture teams are working for Berkeley Homes on the delivery of Oval Village – a residential led development of over 1,300 homes with 100,000 sq.ft of offices at its heart, adjacent to The Kennington Oval and within a short walk of the Rolfe Judd office. As part of this process the Rolfe Judd team were asked to re-imagine and re-design the façade of the centrepiece of the development set within the historic Grade II listed Gasholder No.1.

The Rolfe Judd proposals for the building within Gasholder No.1 were granted planning permission by Lambeth Council in July 2020. We are excited by the prospect of realising this fantastic building and seeing it become a key landmark for the area.

The Grade II listed Gasholder No.1 at the Kennington Gasholder Station was built between 1877-1879 by Corbet Woodall. The view of the gasholder from the cricket ground is synonymous with The Kennington Oval. It has been the backdrop to some memorable and legendary cricket matches over many years and is imprinted on the minds of global cricket fans and the local community alike, whether this is on TV or when visiting the venue.

Throughout the design process there was engagement with our local community and we held early discussions with Heritage England. There was a strong emphasis on working with the retained listed structure and creating an iconic building that formed a striking but sensitive backdrop to the familiar silhouette of Gasholder No.1.

Oval Village is just one of Rolfe Judd’s live schemes within our immediate community of Oval and Kennington. We are also working with Surrey County Cricket Club to create their new stand, (including extensive conferencing facilities), and Club Workspace to create new business communities at their Kennington Lane site.