• LAMDA, London
  • Visualisation of proposed new building (image credit: Niall McLaughlin Architects)

...a dramatic future for a 150-year-old arts academy

LAMDA, London


Project summary


In 2002 LAMDA made the decision to move their teaching school and theatre to a new site in Hammersmith. They purchased the old Royal Ballet School site between the Talgarth Road and the Piccadilly Line. The site is positioned between a six-lane highway and a railway line and presented considerable challenges for a teaching environment - most notably traffic noise, railway noise and pollution. At the same time, it is an extraordinarily high profile location with great visibility. The brief was for an exciting building that relishes the gritty urban qualities of its location and produces robust, calm spaces for learning.


Charcoalblue has worked with the architects to consolidate LAMDA’s disparate and remote teaching sites onto this single-site campus in Hammersmith. The development includes a 200-seat adaptable theatre with full fly tower and support accommodation, foyers, dressing rooms and technical teaching areas. There is also a studio theatre, a TV studio, ten further rehearsal and teaching studios, along with music practice rooms, classrooms and office accommodation