“ The Pumphouse Gallery is a delightful gem in the heart of Battersea Park. The restoration of this Grade I listed Victorian Tower following a fire in the 1950s has culminated in a warm and welcoming contemporary exhibition space maintaining its original Victorian features. Four storeys of wooden floors, exposed beams and light filled rooms with picturesque views of the lake, the Pumphouse Gallery offers a charming and exquisite space. ”

Maria Horn

Architectural History

The main tower of the Pump House was built in 1861. It housed a coal-fired steam engine house, water pump and cast iron tank which fed water from a well to the lake and watered plantings. The smaller building adjacent to the tower was built over the well around 1909 for safety reasons. During the 1930s the steam pump was still in use, but after a fire in the 1950s, the building fell into disrepair. When Wandsworth Council took over the running of the park in 1986, the building lay in a derelict condition, the well full of rubbish. Restoration work began in 1988 and was complete by 1992. The area surrounding the Pump House was also developed at this time. This included hard landscaping and designing beds to recreate the original planting style and species of plant used in the park in the early 1900s.

Architectural Features

The Pump House Gallery is a contemporary art gallery housed in a distinctive four-storey Grade I listed Victorian tower on the lakeside in Battersea Park. The ground floor consists of two rooms each with a separate entrance and there is an additional three floors. The gallery space is painted white while the project room on the ground floor has exposed brickwork, charming, characterful windows, exposed beams and access through to the gallery space and a separate entrance leading out on to the piazza. The third floor has a glass balcony overlooking the second floor. There is a metal staircase linking all floors which is not visible from the gallery spaces.

Filming Attributes

Mobile reception and wifi connections are available inside the gallery. There are limited kitchen facilities on the first and second floors and toilets on both the ground and the third floor. Driving scenes can be accommodated on the inner carriage drives of the park. Night shoots are welcome.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Remote Area
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

The Pump House Gallery is situated in Battersea Park and is easily accessible from the M25 London orbital motorway or from Central London by road and rail. Battersea Park has three car parks as well as hardstanding areas available for parking/unit base parking.

Crew and Relevant Links

Contact

Email: MHorn@wandsworth.gov.uk

Phone: 020 8871 7119

Website: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/film