New RAD headquaters.
The Royal Academy of Dance has announced plans for a new purpose built headquarters, just a mile away from its current location in Battersea. This new building, with its state-of-the-art facilities, will enable the RAD to further strengthen its ties with the local community, to meet the ever-growing demands for high quality dance education and to expand on our commitment to dance teacher training internationally. The move is the result of a unique agreement with York Place Buildings, the developer of the former Homebase site on York Road, where the RAD will be based. The new headquarters is due for completion in 2020, the Academy’s centenary year.
The Academy’s new headquarters, designed by architects Patel Taylor, will provide outstanding training and performance facilities to the Academy’s own specifications. Seven studios, a flexible performance space with moveable seating, improved accessibility, changing rooms, offices, two cafés and a new library and archive will give the Academy a superb new headquarters.
Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of Royal Academy of Dance commented: “As a world leader in dance education and training, our new home needs to reflect that status in every way. I believe that this new building will be a world-class headquarters that will not only make our members, staff and partners proud, but will also help us to fulfil our mission in support of dance and dance education internationally.”
Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council said: “I am delighted that the Royal Academy of Dance will remain in Wandsworth. Their new headquarters will represent a major new attraction and we will be working closely with the Academy in the coming months to help more local people get involved with their work.
Battersea is changing and we understand the vital role that cultural institutions like the Royal Academy of Dance have to play in creating genuinely attractive, interesting places with real life and vitality. Local people have a lot to look forward to and we will continue to do everything we can to attract and retain more inspiring cultural venues in the years ahead.”
Pankaj Patel, Director of Patel Taylor comments: “London’s challenge, in place-making terms, is to create mixed-use buildings which genuinely make contributions at local and cultural levels. In response to London’s housing needs, we have created a design which houses the Royal Academy of Dance in the ground floor, contributing to the local community and animating the public realm, integrating it with an innovative housing solution, preserving the relationship of the Royal Academy of Dance and Wandsworth.”
“We’re delighted to be able to provide a state of the art new home for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance, and that it can remain in Wandsworth. We’re looking forward to starting on site later this year, providing spectacular river fronting apartments above the new RAD headquarters and, in due course, on our award-winning scheme on Battersea Square.” Comments Omer Weinberger, York Place Buildings.
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