Lots Road Auctions Moves to Fulham

Famous saleroom finds temporary home in the Piper Building

The Piper Building in Peterborough RoadThe Piper Building in Peterborough Road

April 1, 2024

Lots Road Auctions has moved from its home of 45 years on the Chelsea side of the border with Fulham to the Piper Building in Peterborough Road.

The famous auction house, whose staff and eccentric customers were featured in a Channel Four series of the same name, says the move is a temporary one while the building in Lots Road is redeveloped.

The first auction at the Piper Building, on the corner of Carnwath Road, will be on Sunday 7 April from 11pm with viewings open every day from 10am till 6pm.

Lots Roads Auctions shared the “exciting news” on its website, saying, “ We have ambitious plans and it will come as no surprise to know that we are always running at maximum capacity in our current building.

“The lack of space has been hindering our growth and after considering our options, we are delighted to announce that we are moving to the iconic Piper Building.

“With 29,500sq ft over one floor, we will be one of the largest single space auction houses in the country, allowing us to take on more fantastic items and run more sales, with a vastly elevated buyer and vendor experience.”

The Piper Building is one of south Fulham’s most striking landmarks, built as a laboratory for the North Thames Gas Board in the 1950s. Renowned artist John Piper was commissioned to create giant murals, with a theme of ‘The Spirit Of Energy’ which still crown its entrance today, and are now Grade II listed.

The Piper Building in Peterborough Road

After the Gas Board moved out in the 1980s the building was due to be demolished, but in the 1990s, developer Crispin Kelly of Baylight saw its potential and it was redeveloped to create 70 loft style apartments plus commercial space, mainly on the ground floor and adjoining buildings. Two further modular rooftop flats were added in 2003.

The commercial space is popular with fashion designers and architects and is already home to a photographic studio and an onsite gym.

In Lots Road meanwhile, Kensington and Chelsea Council says it has been working with the local community to deliver improvements including new homes, employment opportunities and green spaces. Developer Mount Anvil has been appointed to design the scheme, which includes a new and improved building for the auction house, and the council hopes construction work can begin by the end of 2024.

Lots Road Auctions says, “ We remain committed to returning to Lots Road in the future and having a presence within the new Mount Anvil development when completed.”

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