We’re delighted that Pilbrow and Partners’ design for the former EMD Cinema in Walthamstow has won the New London Architecture Award’s ‘unbuilt’ Conserving Prize. To support the project, our team in London, provided heritage consultancy and conservation architecture advice for the bold new re-imagining of the II* listed interwar cinema. The scheme, which is being part-funded by Waltham Forest Council, will restore the 950-seat auditorium, providing a new live performance venue.

The building is a grade-II* listed former cinema, richly decorated in a Moorish style, and is a rare surviving exemplar of the flamboyant work of the Granada chain. The building is currently being restored and has been on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register.

Pilbrow and Partners propose restoration of the two ornate lobbies and the vast auditorium for the purpose of live theatre and comedy. This function will be supported by bars and restaurants which will contribute to Walthamstow becoming a creative hub. This vital community-driven project will put the Former EMD building back at the heart of Walthamstow life, and ensure a sustainable future for one of London’s most superb interwar buildings.

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