After over 70 years in north London Mountview’s home had become unfit for our needs, with no public spaces or theatre.
A brownfield site in Peckham was identified by Southwark Council and in October 2016 Mountview embarked on an ambitious £30-million project to relocate to a permanent, purpose-built building. Only two years later, in September 2018, Mountview moved into a brand new home on Peckham Square.
The 10,365m² development is a landmark building and a world-class resource for our vocational training, the theatre industry and community alike.
The building includes public spaces with a 200-seat theatre made possible through a generous £1million donation from Sir Cameron Mackintosh, an 80-seat Backstage Theatre named after a founding gift from the Backstage Trust, and a rooftop restaurant/bar with views across the London skyline.
Training facilities include 21 studios, two TV studios, a radio suite, production workshops, music practice rooms and meeting rooms. Further spaces include office space for leading national arts organisations and a 195-m² professional rehearsal studio for hire.
On the rooftop, Skylight Peckham is open for food and drinks with stunning sweeping views across London. On the ground floor our coffee shop Westland is open for tea, coffee, sandwiches and pastries, and Loading Bar is a bar with a gaming-influenced twist.
Mountview’s new home was designed by Carl Turner Architects (now Turner Works), a RIBA regional and national award–winning practice and built by Gilbert-Ash, builder of the Stirling Prize-winning Liverpool Everyman Theatre.
In 2020, Mountview was nominated by The Stage for the Theatre Building of the Year and in 2021 won a RIBA London Award. The RIBA Awards are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the very best architecture with the judging panel commending Mountview and TurnerWorks “for producing a welcoming space for learning that expands the local arts and cultural scene and stimulates the wider growth of creative industries in the area.”