London School of Musical Theatre to relocate as Southwark site is demolished
London School of Musical Theatre is being forced to move to a new home in the capital, as its current building will be demolished as part of a plan to develop the local area.
Peabody Ltd, which owns the school’s building, plans to renovate the ‘Borough Triangle’ site in Southwark, with additions including two new high-rise tower blocks and an underground nightclub.
LSMT is now in talks to use a larger building as part of the redevelopment. The school will be given an estimated £750,000 refurbishment planned by David Hughes Architects, who recently designed Park Theatre in north London.
In the meantime, the school will relocate to a temporary home for the duration of its course commencing in September, due to the works required on the proposed new building.
The location of the temporary building has yet to be confirmed.
Adrian Jeckells, LSMT’s principal and course producer, told The Stage: “We have several good options available to us regarding space for the 2015/2016 course, and we are considering all of them carefully at the moment.”
He continued: “We have yet to decide where we will operate from, but it will certainly be highly suited to the requirements of the school, and any student auditioning for that course can be assured that its content and quality shall remain consistent.”
The school’s founder Glenn Lee added: “Peabody has been very supportive and is working hard to retain us on the site. We are very grateful to be dealing with a developer that appreciates the benefits of arts, education and culture to a community.”
Originally based at the Old Vic, LSMT has been at its current Southwark home for 15 years.
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