Irene Studios

Balham SW12
Residential development

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218 Balham High Road, London SW12 9DF
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Irene Studios will see a former government office in Balham transformed into a modern apartment building housing 84 new homes.

New Homes
Most of the accommodation will comprise studio apartments as well as 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.

Designed by Jigsaw Interior Design, the interiors follow the art deco theme of the building to deliver a distinctive transformation of this long-standing building, and amenities will include a resident’s clubhouse with private dining and workspace facilities.

2020 May - Contractor ARJ starts work. The £10.38m contract entails converting a 1950’s office block into 77 new apartments. In addition to refurbishing the existing layout, a new single storey roof extension is being constructed, providing additional apartments with roof terraces. Completion is expected in July 2021.


Irene House was a 1940s office block formerly occupied by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is situated in a prominent position on Balham High Road next to the Grade II listed church of St. Mary & St. John The Divine. Vacated in March 2020, the building is converted into 77 apartments with an additional seven apartments created in a roof extension.

Telereal Trillium secured planning approval for the conversion of the existing building into 77 apartments in May 2018 under permitted development rights (PDRs). The additional seven units and associated CIL contributions were given the green light on the 23rd April 2020 when councillors from Wandsworth Borough Council took part in one of the first virtually held full planning committee meetings in London.

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