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ArtsEd wins planning permission for £12m redevelopment

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Arts Educational Schools in London has been granted planning permission for a £12 million redevelopment.

The project will see a new studio theatre built at the drama school’s Chiswick home, as well as additional rehearsal and teaching spaces.

Significant improvements will be made to the facilities of the day school and sixth form, as well as the schools of acting and musical theatre.

Hounslow Council granted permission to the scheme at a planning meeting on June 14.

Principal Chris Hocking said: “We are delighted to be able to move forwards with our refurbishment plans and 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.”

Cone Ripman House, where the school is based, was originally built as Chiswick Polytechnic and adapted for the school’s use on arrival more than 30 years ago. The main theatre and the school’s TV and film facilities were refurbished in 2012, however this is the first major redevelopment of the whole site.

The new studios, rehearsal spaces and classrooms and will be completed by September 2021, while the remaining works, including the studio theatre, are estimated to be finished by 2023.

The cost for the refurbishment will be met through a combination of designated funds and fundraising from philanthropic sources.