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BUILT WITH:
ENGLISH NATIONAL
BALLET


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Project Manager:

PULSE ASSOCIATES

Architect:

GLENN HOWELLS ARCHITECTS

Quantity Surveyor:

PULSE ASSOCIATES

M&E:

HYDROCK

Form of Contract:

JCT TRADITIONAL LUMP SUM WITH CDP 2016

Size:

93,000 SQ. FT

Programme Period:

62 WEEKS

Bringing the English National Ballet and the ENB School together

This transformational project for English National Ballet (ENB) sees the ENB School, rehearsal and administration functions move from west to east London into London City Island.

The building was built by EcoWorld Ballymore as part of a wider new neighbourhood being created in Canning Town on former dockland.

Not only does this project bring the two organisations together for the first time, they now have access to state-of-the art training facilities, teaching and rehearsal studios alongside a 600 sq m theatre-sized production studio space.

Beautiful, striking and creative spaces

Open spaces and architectural features including the striking steel and timber staircase have created an open, welcoming environment that shares the creative process with the public both inside and outside the building.

There are built in windows from the School into the Company’s rehearsal studios, giving students a daily insight into class, rehearsal and the creation of new work. The new home incorporates the latest digital infrastructure to allow both organisations to transmit their work to audiences around the UK and the rest of the world.

Ensuring the world class standing of the ENB

These world class facilities will not only fulfil their needs now, but for generations to come, inspiring and developing the dancers, choreographers, costume-makers, musicians, participants and audiences of the future.

Fit Out Facts

  • Complex building with minimal repetition in design. BW had to buy into new systems and leave their comfort zone.
  • A 250-person theatre-sized production studio with five-storey fly tower for the development and rehearsal of productions and creation of new commissions plus green room
  • Dedicated spaces for the Ballet School on 3rd and 4th floor including lecture room, classroom, three of the dance studios, a lecture theatre and student green room
  • A fitness & health suite including a gym, pilates studio, hydrotherapy pool and rehabilitation facilities
  • Main reception, striking steel feature staircase, café and exhibition space, offices, digital editing suits, meeting suites, VIP areas, WCs
  • BW believe in the English National Ballet and had have provided a 3-year sponsorship for dancer Claire Barrett