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£16.7m Royal Central School redevelopment to begin in July 2016

Artist's impression of how the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama exterior will appear Artist's impression of how the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama exterior will appear
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A £16.7 million redevelopment of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama will begin this summer, after the organisation received a major boost to its higher education funding.

As The Stage reported last month, the school received an increase of £2.1 million to specialist government funding it receives.

Following this, it said it could now begin work on a major redevelopment of its Swiss Cottage base, which will include the creation of a new public theatre, as well as additional rehearsal and performance spaces.

Graham Construction has been appointed contractor for the project, with design for the new North Block building led by Tim Ronalds Architects, which has previously worked on the restoration of Wilton’s Music Hall.

Principal Gavin Henderson said the funding secured meant it could “proceed with added confidence” on the redevelopment, adding that it would bring “state-of-the-art studios to enhance facilities that are already considered to be among the best in our sector”.

The drama school was founded in 1906 at the Royal Albert Hall and moved to the Embassy Theatre in Swiss Cottage in 1956.

Work on the North Block is expected to begin in July and continue until early 2018.

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