The stage is set for the new RAD global headquarters
The Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) new state of the art global headquarters at Avanton: Battersea started to take shape this morning at an event to celebrate the building’s topping out.
Dame Darcey Bussell was joined on site by Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance, Avanton’s Managing Partner, Omer Weinberger and Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, to mark the occasion with an exclusive ribbon-cutting dance piece led by a small group of RAD young students. The piece was specially choreographed by the RAD’s Artistic Director, Gerard Charles, to mark the significant construction milestone for the Academy’s new headquarters.
The event also saw Dame Darcey take part in a ceremonial cement pour.
The new building will be completed in 2020 and will be a key moment in the year marking RAD’s centenary and an exciting new chapter in the RAD’s future as a world class leader in dance education and training. The new 60,000 sq.ft building provides almost double the footprint of the existing one, enabling it to meet increasing demand for dance classes and workshops for people of all ages and abilities. Working closely with Wandsworth Council, the RAD will also be delivering a cultural engagement strategy for the local community.
The fully accessible new headquarters will include:
- Eight full-size dance studios with sprung floors and high specification sound equipment
- A performance theatre (178 capacity) with full lighting rig and sound desk
- A library and archive that will house and display many of its original costume and dance artefacts, and
- A new retail space and large café for members, visitors and tourists.
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Photos: Adrian Brooks