Culvers Lodge in the London Borough of Sutton, Hackbridge, is a small Victorian lodge house, a remnant of one of the many fine Wandle Valley estate houses that were prevalent in the Wandle Valleys’ industrial past.

The Trust was asked by the Friends of Culvers Lodge to help identify funding for a feasibility study to assess whether the building could be brought back into useful life

Using funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Trust have worked with the Friends, wider community stakeholders and LB Sutton for the last 12 months and have submitted the report to HLF, and to LB Sutton for consideration.

The project recommendation proposals include the restoration of the Lodge, providing an office base for the Trust, with a community meeting facility and co working incubator space for small enterprises. The scheme will also include the extension of the Lodge to provide space for a social bike hub enterprise.


Read the full report here


LB Sutton’s Building Utilisation Implementation Board convened on October 31st 2016 to review the report and made the following recommendation:

In connection with Culvers Lodge, Hackbridge:

1.     To agree that the Wandle Valley Regional Parks Trust (WVRPT) is allowed to take forward proposals to redevelop the existing Lodge into a mixed use building comprising office space with a community space/meeting room and social enterprise bike hub.

2.     Agree that subject to the WVRPT securing the development funds required for the project, to authorise the Executive Head of Asset Planning, Management & Capital Delivery in conjunction with the Head of Shared Legal Services to negotiate and agree terms for a 99 year lease at market value for the building.


The Trust will now pursue revenue and capital funding to support the further development of this project.