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Plans forGrade II-listed Gala bingo hall submitted

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Assael Architecture has submitted plans to transform Clapham's Grade II-listed Gala bingo hall into 67 state-of-the-art homes. Prefabricated apartments comprising timber, steel and glass are proposed for the rear, the roof and the fly tower of the hall. An additional 18 homes, held in place by a skeleton of steel arches, will offer terraces and glazed winter gardens, surrounded by extensive rooftop landscaping, including a lavender enclosure supporting wildlife. The scheme aims to safeguard the long-term future of the auditorium, says Assael, and has won the support of the Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee. FC Mitchell and Cecil Masey designed the hall in 1937, although Theodore Komisarjevsky created the interior. More recently the building fell into disrepair and is now on English Heritage's Buildings At Risk Register, while squatters moved into the hall earlier this year, resulting in damage to ground-floor interiors. Under Assael's proposals, the auditorium will be restored and let to businesses.

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