Royal Academy of Dance reveals plans for new London home

An artist's impression of the new Royal Academy of Dance headquarters
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The Royal Academy of Dance has unveiled plans for a new purpose-built home in south London.

The new headquarters will be located just a mile from the academy’s current home in Battersea and is due to open in 2020 to coincide with the organisation’s centenary year.

The building will provide state-of-the-art facilities and will be designed to meet the “ever-growing demands for high-quality dance education” and to expand the school’s commitment to dance teacher training.

It will be almost double the size of its current premises and will feature the training facilities alongside a performance space, studios, a library and an archive.

The headquarters will be based on a redeveloped site near the Thames, and designed by architects Patel Taylor.

RAD chief executive Luke Rittner said the organisation had outgrown its current building, which was becoming restrictive on growth.

He added: “As a world leader in dance education and training, our new home needs to reflect that status in every way. I believe that this new building will be a world-class headquarters that will not only make our members, staff and partners proud, but will also help us to fulfil our mission in support of dance and dance education internationally.”