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We have been featured in BD Online!


We’re thrilled to see we have been featured in BD Online for our work on the recently completed Mountview Academy, based in Peckham. A lovely article which explores our challenging yet meaningful journey to deliver one of the UK’s leading drama schools.

Article:

The story of how Carl Turner created a £21m purpose-built home for a London theatre school has enough drama to keep an audience on the edge of their seats.

For starters, he’s designed it three times, most recently when the walls were already coming out of the ground and decisions had to be made fast in response to the Grenfell tragedy.

It also propelled his own practice from a “cottage industry” of six people in Pop Brixton, a temporary space which was one of its early commissions, to a “professionalised office of 21” in Hackney; a welcome opportunity, but not without its own stresses.

But the story begins back in spring 2015 when Turner was called into a “mysterious meeting” at Peckham Library by Southwark council’s regeneration team, for whom he was already doing some work. It turned out the council had been approached by Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, a drama school founded in north London in 1945. It needed a new home and had got as far as RIBA stage 3 on the conversion of Hornsey Town Hall with Purcell before the constraints of a listed building forced them to abandon the project. The trustees decided new-build was the way to go so they started again. And Southwark had a site.

Read the full article here.

Here is a short film about our Mountview Academy scheme: