|Blue Plaque Awarded to The Gallery SW6|
New Development once home to sculptor Henry Moore
A new development in Fulham, The Gallery SW6, has been awarded a blue plaque by the Hammersmith & Fulham Historic Buildings Group.
The development, on Townmead Road, was once home to the famous Chelsea College of Art & Design, where the sculptor Henry Moore was once a pupil and the painters Patrick Caulfield and Graham Sutherland taught.
But now the schoolhouse, just across the road from Imperial Wharf, has been converted into a "boutique" development with 109 new homes - 56 of them bought by local people on a part buy/part rent basis.
As well as housing the Chelsea College of Art & Design, the years, the building was home to the Townmead Road School from 1905 to 1935, and the Chelsea Secondary School, which moved in soon after the Second World War and stayed until 1968.
Yvette Ruggins says of developer Astral Homes, who built The Gallery SW6 says: " We have been keen to keep the building's historical connections and have been working with the Historic Buildings Group since we received planning permission for the development.
"We are delighted to have been given the blue plaque. One of the conditions was that it must be visible from the street, so it can now be seen on the corner of Bagleys Lane."
Though all the part buy/part rent homes have now been snapped up, The Gallery SW6 still has one three bedroom townhouse, the development's showhome, for sale at £925.000 plus a couple of apartments. The old schoolhouse, containing 12 apartments will be released this spring, as will the former caretaker's cottage - the building sporting the plaque.
For more information on The Gallery SW6, call the marketing suite on 020 7751 3322.