An agreement between the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and property developers York Place Buildings has been reached to provide a brand new purpose built headquarters for this historic institution.
York Place Buildings has guaranteed a newly built state of the art home for the RAD in exchange for their current premises on Battersea Square.
The Battersea Square premises will be converted into 34 flats and 5 modern town houses designed by Assael Architects, and which has won Sunday Times British Homes Awards Housing Project of the Year.
The council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the Homebase warehouse and car park on York Road, making the RAD’s new home just a mile away from the original location. The project, designed by architects Patel Taylor, features seven studios, a flexible performance space with moveable seating, improved accessibility, modernised changing rooms and office space, two cafés and the opportunity to display the academy’s extensive archives in a new library.
There will also be more opportunity for the local community to hire space, watch or participate in dance activities and performances at the new building.
Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of the RAD, said: “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, it will also help us to fulfil our mission in support of dance and dance education internationally.”
Cllr 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, said: “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.”
York Place Buildings’ redevelopment of the Homebase site will also include 275 homes with communal landscaped gardens. The site is within the Greater London Authority’s Clapham Junction to Battersea Riverside Housing Zone, which ultimately intends to provide 5,000 new homes, commercial floor space and 1,300 jobs.
Omer Weinberger, Director of York Place Buildings, said: “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.”
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Original article published by wandsworth.gov.uk
The 1st Battersea The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association are getting ready to meet HRH The Prince of Wales having been nominated for a Youth United Social Action Award.
The ten BB members aged eight to 10 were nominated for the award that recognises social action amongst uniformed youth groups, thanks to the time they volunteered at Charleston House Care Home for people with elderly care needs, dementia, learning disabilities, mental health conditions and physical disabilities.
The group spent time speaking with the residents, listened to some of their real life stories, served lunch and supported the residents in activities including music and gardening, all contributing to being nominated for the award.
Residents were also able to get a sense of the work done in their area by young people accessing youth work through the BB community and commented on how the visits helped reduce feelings of isolation often associated with living in a care home.
The 1st Battersea The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association will attend the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on January 31st where they will meet with HRH The Prince of Wales after the Awards ceremony.
Natalie Whipday, Director of The Boys’ Brigade England & Wales, said:
“Social action is massively important for all our communities and is something the BB have always found to be integral in building better communities. These awards are recognition for all the fantastic youth groups out there doing exceptional work week in week out.
“It is also a platform to highlight the importance of social action in society. Big congratulations to 1st Battersea.”
Following positive feedback from both care home staff and residents, the BB group have already arranged for future visits to continue their voluntary work to benefit the community.
Lindsay Levkoff Lynn, CEO of Youth United Foundation said:
“Youth United is incredibly proud to celebrate the thoughtful social action undertaken by 1st Battersea. Supporting the elderly and preventing isolation is one of the many powerful ways young people make a positive difference in their communities, as seen by the smiles in pictures from the day.
“Like many other new uniformed youth groups, 1st Battersea were funded by our Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF), which came to a close in March 2016. This fund saw the creation of 27,000 new places for young people across the country, bringing the cumulative total of new places created with the support of the Foundation close to 42,000.
As well, thank you to the dedicated adult volunteers who generously give their time to support uniformed youth and serve as role models of active citizenship.”