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Allies and Morrison comes dancing on South Bank

Allies and Morrison has revealed further details of its plans for the Rambert Dance Company's new headquarters on London's South Bank.

The £16.5 million purpose-built centre will sit next to the National Theatre and will house state-of-the-art studio facilities, a physiotherapy and exercise room, as well as community and education spaces.

Intended to replace the company's outdated premises in west London, the scheme will become part of the larger Coin Street Community Builders project, which is being masterplanned by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

Allies and Morrison won the contest to mastermind the project in July last year (AJ 29.07.04) seeing off competition from, among others, Burrell Foley Fischer and Malcolm Fraser Architects.

Mark Baldwin, a former Rambert dancer and the company's artistic director, is leading the ambitious plans for expansion and development.

He said: 'This is perhaps the most exciting moment in the company's modern history, a realisation of a dream first dreamt by Marie Rambert, when she founded the company.

'This will be a laboratory to experiment in, the means to reach into the community we serve and, at last, a real purpose-built home for the company.'

Allies and Morrison expects to submit a planning application for the centre in November to coincide with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' overall development timetable.

by Richard Waite

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