A former cinema and Grade II listed building is being given a new lease of life as a four-year building project draws to a close.

The building, in St John's Hill, laid empty for years and was on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk list before Assael Architecture secured planning permission in 2005 to bring it back into use.

The firm promised to retain and repair the interior - wrapping it inside 57 apartments - and is finally nearing completion on the project.

The old cinema has been restored and is to be used as a church by the Deeper Christian Life Bible Ministry.

Architect John Assael said: "We are very proud of this project and acknowledge that Ravi Govindia and Wandsworth Council were enlightened in supporting these exciting design proposals.

"Without this brave approach, this important neglected building would still be vacant.

"It has been reinstated both as a place for the public, with its new use as a church, and transformed as a new landmark for Battersea with the addition of modern apartments."

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