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Heritage foods: Architecture 00 completes Dine in Southall

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The project gives a new lease of life to Southall Manor House, which was previously on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register

Appointed by the Greater London Authority to undertake a feasibility study and envision a new future for the structure, Architecture 00 developed ‘Dine in Southall’, a new centre partnered with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College to provide jobs and training in catering and hospitality.

While receiving support under the government initiative to create ’Curry Academies’, the compatibility of such a proposal with not only a Grade II*-listed building, but also the aspirations of the local community (including the business community), had to be reconciled.

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As part of the design process, the building was opened to the community for the first time in over 20 years, and events with the local community were held to envision the site’s future. While hospitality performed a key cultural role for the community, it was not perceived as an aspirational career choice. Architecture 00 subsequently engaged with a local college, which had an established catering offer, to better understand how young people’s perception of opportunities in hospitality could be changed.

The project incorporates the Manor House as a finishing restaurant and education hub for start-up support and incubation, while a new extension to the rear houses a training kitchen and a glazed pavilion able to host events and festivals. In addition to providing the spaces, Architecture 00 advised the council and GLA on options for procurement, programme, partnerships and governance of the organisation.

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Dine in Southall by Architecture 00

Architect’s view

The lack of a secure, long-term use was keeping the Manor House on the Buildings at Risk Register, even after Ealing council had undertaken urgent works to the envelope. Through a GLA-funded study for viable future uses, we were able to iterate between insights from engagement with local stakeholders and community inputs from local businesses, and specialist advice on interventions that could be sensitively accommodated within a Grade II*-listed building and its curtilage on the edge of a park. By complementing the existing accommodation with modern flexible spaces and specialist facilities, and reconnecting the building to its surroundings, we hope the project will secure the Manor House as a valuable asset for a wide community of users at the heart of the significant regeneration currently happening in Southall. 

Ryan McLoughlin, architect, Architecture 00

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Project data

Start on site September 2016
Completion December 2017
Gross internal floor area 900m²
Form of contract Traditional
Construction cost £1.5 million
Client Ealing Council
Structural engineer Alan Baxter Associates
M&E consultant Ingine
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant Artelia UK
Main contractor Lengard
Landscape Architect Jack Marshall, Seed Landscape

Dine in Southall (DISH)

Feasibility phase Jan – July 2014 / Project setup and capital works: end 2014 – summer 2017
Client London Borough of Ealing / Simon Brooke
Team Alan Baxter Associates / Michael Popper Associates / Artelia UK

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