Mountview has Moved

Our new home will change the shape of UK drama training. It will help us become the leading academy in excellence, social access and innovation in training for the creative industries.

In partnership with Southwark Council we have secured a high street site designed by Carl Turner Architects in the heart of Peckham in south London, next to the Stirling Prize-winning library.

We broke ground in April 2017 and we welcomed our students through the doors in September 2018, less than eighteen months later.

After many years, we now own our own home, with theatres, studios, workshops, meeting rooms, well-being facilities and work/office space that will take our training into one brilliant space.

Our move will allow us to expand our provision for young people and adults, engaging new audiences of all ages with vocational arts training. There is community space to rent, and cafes and bars will open over the coming months, ensuring our building is publicly accessible.

In addition, we’ve created a home for the professional performing arts industry, with rehearsal space and studios available for hire.

The Design

Carl Turner Architects have designed a building which includes a public foyer with café bar, 200-seat and 80-seat  theatres and rooftop restaurant/bar with views across the London skyline. Training facilities include 21, music practice rooms, meeting rooms, two TV studios and a radio suite. Further spaces include work space, a retail unit and a 200 m2 rehearsal studio for commercial hire.

The building was built on vacant brown-field which which had once been Area 10, a ‘found’ creative space/performing arts space. Before that, the site had house Whitam’s timber yard and , orginally, a canal-side warehouse. It was built by the award-winning contractor Gilbert-Ash who recently completed the Stirling Prize winning Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

The Project Team

Architect: Carl Turner Architects
Builder: Gilbert-Ash
Theatre Consultant: Charcoal Blue Ltd
Mechanical & Electrial Consultants: Skelly & Couch
Project Director: Anna Collins Projects
Structural Engineers: Eckersley O’Callahan
Project Managers: Baqus Construction Consultancy