Monday 19 October 2015

Planning permission for More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music

New  RCM Atrium credit John Simpson Architect
New  RCM Atrium
credit John Simpson Architect
The Royal College of Music has gained planning permission for the new development as part of More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music. Designed by architect John Simpson, the new development centres on the open internal courtyard space that sits at the heart of the Royal College of Music's building in Prince Consort Road. Not only will the space be opened up more for the benefit of visitors and students, but this will enable the creation of two new flexible and technologically-advanced performance spaces for rehearsals, masterclasses, performances and collaborative music-making. The college Museum will also benefit from a new, permanent and accessible home to display its significant Special Collections in an interactive context. The Royal College of Music will now begin a process looking to identify the optimum time to begin the project.

Lily Harriss, Director of Development, commented: "This development will deliver more music to more audiences, allow for the excellent RCM Research department to expand their important work in the health arena, allow us to work with schools in areas of deprivation to encourage music-making and skills development and provide further outstanding opportunities and support for talented young musicians."

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