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Britain’s oldest stage school Italia Conti considers relocation of London HQ

Drama school Italia Conti Academy is understood to be considering a sale of its principal central London premises Drama school Italia Conti Academy is understood to be considering a sale of its principal central London premises
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Drama school Italia Conti Academy is considering a sale of its principal central London premises.

The academy, which is often said to be Britain’s oldest stage school, has had a base at Goswell Road, near the Barbican Centre, since 1981. The school has multiple sites, but Goswell Road is its principal home and where both the Italia Conti Academy and Italia Conti Juniors strands of its training are now based.

However, it is understood that it is looking to find larger premises as it continues to expand.

Nothing has been confirmed, and the school could yet decide to stay where it is and modify its existing premises.

According to estate agent Lambert Smith Hampton, which is consulting with Italia Conti on a potential sale, the site could be listed later this year. However, no timetable has yet been fixed.

Glyn Lloyd, who has been consulted on both a sale and move to new premises, said the school was currently in the process of shortlisting potential sites and looking at its options.

He said that the Goswell Road site could be listed for sale within the next three to six months, but that a schedule for a planned move had not been currently been fixed.

“We are shortlisting sites at the moment and once we get a viability schedule together we can look to start thinking about the disposal of Goswell Road,” he added.

He said a sale and move to new premises would have to be planned around the needs of the school and its academic timetabling. Lloyd said a new location within zones one, two or three in London would be most likely, but that Italia could also consider modifying its existing premises.

Italia Conti declined to comment.

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