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New College and Arts Educational Schools granted planning permission


A new creative quad for New College Oxford and an ambitious extension for London's Arts Educational Schools are amongst the Charcoalblue projects granted planning permission this summer.

A section render of the new quad design for New College Oxford by David Kohn Architects.

New College Oxford by David Kohn Architects

New College Oxford has secured planning permission for Gradel Quadrangles, a new quad which sees the replacement of several buildings on the college's 7,728 m² site. The project, designed by David Kohn Architects, includes 74 student apartments, a 120-seat lecture theatre and a 70-seat music space with broadcast-quality recording facilities.

Critical to the project reaching this milestone was the backing of Historic England who said of the project: "the proposed buildings are unusual, quite unlike anything currently in Oxford, but we are convinced that the architectural concept is very good."

Miles Young, Warden of New College Oxford said: "We are delighted that plans for the Gradel Quadrangles at New College have been given the go-ahead with a ringing endorsement from Historic England. They are a very sensitive solution to a very challenging design problem: reconciling exciting and innovative architecture within a very particular Edwardian streetscape."

We're proud to be providing theatre consultancy to both the music space and lecture theatre.

Exterior render of Arts Educational Schools' extended campus by DeMatos Ryan. Render: DarcStudio

Arts Educational Schools extension by DeMatos Ryan

Another ambitious educational project to secure planning permission this summer is a significant renovation and expansion of Arts Educational Schools' London campus by DeMatos Ryan Architects who we previously worked with on the RIBA-award winning York Theatre Royal.

Plans include upgrades and an expansion of the school's facilities and an extra 3,000m² of space. A highlight of the new scheme is a new studio theatre.

“Our goal is straightforward, to provide our students with facilities that match the exceptional quality of our teaching, ensuring that future generations continue to leave ArtsEd as outstandingly confident and creative young performers," said Principal Chris Hocking.

We're proud to be providing both theatre and acoustic consultancy to this important project. Work is due to start on-site in 2019.

Foyer of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Image: Nick Kane

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Freya Martin

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Freya Martin

For more on our forthcoming projects, talk to Freya.

Contact Freya

+44 (0)117 325 9280