Freehold For Sale

52 - 54 Kennington Oval

London SE11 5SW


Ovalhouse Theatre & the White House

BEST BIDS: Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 12.00pm.


In late 2019 the Ovalhouse Theatre will be moving to new premises on Somerleyton Road, Brixton as part of the Somerleyton Project. This project is the local community (Ovalhouse Theatre & Brixton Green) and Lambeth Council coming together, creating a street/ social enterprise where both businesses and the community can work and thrive together in central Brixton.

The Ovalhouse Theatre is very excited to be part of this wider project due to its community involvement. More information can be found at


  • Freehold redevelopment opportunity
  • 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres) central London development opportunity
  • Adjacent to Kia Oval Cricket Ground
  • Potential for a variety of uses, subject to statutory consents
  • 2 minutes’ walk from Oval Underground station (10 minutes to the City and the West End)
  • Easy access to the extensive leisure facilities of Kennington Park
  • Supportive Town Planning context
  • Unconditional freehold disposal, site offered as a whole or in two parts

The Situation


The roots of Ovalhouse can be traced back to the 1930s and its foundations, as Christ Church (Oxford) United Clubs, by the graduates of Christ Church, Oxford. A hotbed of artistic activism over the last five decades since it began, Ovalhouse has seen the social and artistic ideals it has aspired to become widely accepted as the model for a better society. It has sheltered social and political movements staffed by the stage and screen stars of the future, pursued an unerring agenda for positive artistic, political and social change and, once, stabled a donkey in the Theatre Upstairs. Ovalhouse stands on a proud history and continues to be a vital home for boundary-pushing art and artists with an eye on the future.


Ovalhouse Theatre

The Ovalhouse theatre is a lively theatre and arts centre on the Kennington Oval. For the past 50 years it has been part of the London fringe, providing development and performance space to experimental, radical and overlooked artists. Today Ovalhouse is known for theatre, performance and participation that speaks to a world beyond the mainstream. Ovalhouse is a leader in its field for organisations involved in creative participatory work with children and young people, and continues to be a vital home for boundary-pushing art, artists and audiences with an eye on the future.

Some notable artists who have performed at the theatre Pierce Brosnan, Stella Duffy, Tamsin Grieg, Jim Sweeny, Steven Berkoff, Howard name a few.

Ground Floor First Floor

The White House

The Grade II Listed building is located adjacent the Ovalhouse Theatre and is multi-let. Tenancy information included in the documents section.

Basement Ground Floor First Floor Second Floor

Bernard ‘Monty’ Montgomery (November 1887 – March 1976)

The White House was the birth place of Viscount Montgomery of Alamein otherwise known as ‘Monty’. Serving in both the First and Second World Wars, Monty is most famous for commanding the British Eighth Army in north Africa during WWII. Under Monty’s leadership the Allies forced Rommel to retreat from Egypt after the Battle of El-Alamein. Among his many honours and awards, his statue stands outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.


Local Map
Site Plan
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Kings Cross
8 minutes
London Bridge
16 minutes
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19 minutes
Clapham Junction
20 minutes
Picadilly Circus
20 minutes
Oxford Street
Oval Tube Station 0.1 miles 2 minutes walk
Vauxhall Tube Station 0.5 miles 10 minutes walk
Kennington Tube Station 0.6 miles 11 minutes walk
Waterloo Station 1.6 miles 30 minutes walk


One of the oldest and most historic cricket grounds in the world, is located immediately adjacent to the Ovalhouse Theatre. The iconic ground has been the home of Surrey County Cricket Club since it opened in 1845.

The ground plays host to international and first class cricket throughout the summer – and a wide range of events, conferences and meetings year round. The ground will become just the fourth ground in the world to host 100 Tests when England host South Africa in July 2017.



The site comprises the two-storey Ovalhouse Theatre and the three-storey Grade II Listed Whitehouse and falls within the administrative boundary of the London Borough of Lambeth (‘LB Lambeth’). It is located on Kennington Oval, opposite the Kia Oval Cricket Ground and approximately 100m from Oval underground station. The site is adjacent to – but does not fall within – the St Marks’ Conservation Area as well as the rear gardens of Grade II Listed properties on Hanover Gardens to the south. There are twelve trees located within the site boundary of which three are subject to Tree Protection Orders.

In summary, the following site considerations need to be taken into account:

  • Heritage Assets:
  • Grade II Listed Building (The Whitehouse)
  • Adjacent to St Marks’ Conservation Area
  • Adjacent to (rear gardens of) Grade II Listed Buildings on Hanover Gardens to the south
  • Subject to Protected Local Vistas
  • (Partially falling within) Flood Risk Zones 2 and 3
  • Tree Preservation Orders (3no. trees)
  • Retention of) Building line along Kennington Oval/Harleyford Street
  • PTAL rating 6b

The premises have been used as (and in association with) the existing Ovalhouse theatre since the 1930s. The current use is considered to be sui generis. It is important to note that LB Lambeth resolved to grant planning permission for a new purpose-built theatre in December 2015 forming part of the wider Somerleyton Road/Coldharbour Lane regeneration scheme in Brixton (LPA ref. 15/05282/RG3).

Site Allocation Policy PN8 of the Local Plan (2015) supports the redevelopment of the site for residential, commercial and/or hotel uses, but seeks to protect surrounding heritage assets as well as the setting of the Grade II Listed Whitehouse.

Any future development will be liable for LB Lambeth’s and the Mayor of London’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Other related documents can be found on the data room.

Ground Conditions

No testing of the ground conditions have been carried out. The theatre has been informed by Transport for London (TfL) that part of the Northern Line extension will pass directly under the Ovalhouse Theatre (Notice and plans included on the data room).

Interested parties are invited to review information contained in the data room and to make their own enquiries in this matter. Parties are further advised that the Effra Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) is also understood to pass under the site. More information on both of these matters is contained in the online data room.

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The Properties are offered for sale jointly or severally, by way of informal tender, strictly subject to contract only.

Due to Ovalhouse Theatre requiring the use of the current facilities, the sale of the theatre will be subject to a delayed completion until March 2019. The completion of the White House could be facilitated earlier than this time.


Parties are expected to exchange contracts within 4 weeks of agreeing Heads of Terms with a 10% non-refundable deposit


The property is elected for VAT.


The following information is also available;

  • Title information
  • Planning documents
  • Energy Performance Certificate (The Ovalhouse Theatre)
  • Structural survey
  • Asbestos survey
  • Drainage survey


Viewings are strictly by appointment through GL Hearn



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