Friday, 6 November 2015

Music into ballet does go - Royal College of Music takes over English National Ballet's old building, as ENB moves East

New  RCM Atrium credit John Simpson Architects
New  RCM Atrium
credit John Simpson Architects
The Royal College of Music's expansion and re-development continues apace. Not only has planning permission been gained for their project More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music which will provide the students with more facilities as well as opening up areas like the college courtyard, but the college has just exchanged contracts with English National Ballet to buy Markova House, English National Ballet's headquarters in Jays Mews SW7, not far from the college.

Go to photo A CGI of London City Island featuring English National Ballet and English National Ballet School's new home in the heart of East London
CGI of London City Island featuring English National Ballet
and English National Ballet School's new home
This builds on the exciting project whereby English National Ballet is moving to new purpose-built headquarters alongside the English National Ballet School in East London at London City Island, rather than Markova House which is 19th century building intended for student housing!  The move will bring under one roof one of the world’s leading ballet companies with a world renowned ballet school, and will create a centre that combines state-of-the-art training facilities, teaching and rehearsal studios alongside a unique production space. Their new home is a short distance from Canning Town and adjoins Trinity Buoy Wharf, which is home to an emerging creative and arts cluster. The companies seek to move into the new premises in Autumn 2018.

Releasing Markova House to the Royal College of Music means that the college can use much of the new building for its Research department thus providing a dedicated environment for work that includes research into the impact of music on health. And by moving many of the college's academic and administrative staff to the new building, space in the college's iconic Blomfield Building will be returned to music-making, enabling the college to increase its practice rooms by up to 40.

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