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Carl Turner wins go-ahead for Peckham performing arts school

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Plans by Carl Turner Architects for a new theatre academy in Peckham, south London, have been given the green-light

The 10,180m2 campus will provide a new home for Mountview Academy, an independent drama school, currently based in north London.

Proposals include a 200-seat auditorium, an events platform, a ground-floor café and commercial space. There will also be a public rooftop bar, which will be accessible outside the academy’s opening hours.

The three, four and five-storey building will comprise a brick-clad saw-tooth-shaped teaching block, and a Cor-ten-clad theatre block.

The building will sit next to the Stirling Prize-winning Peckham library on the edge of Peckham Square, which Carl Turner Architects has also submitted plans to redevelop.

However these separate proposals to regenerate the square, which include the removal of the distinctive Peckham Arch designed by John McAslan in 1994, have come under fire from local campaigners.

Peckham library architect Will Alsop is among those critical of the arch’s proposed demolition, but has backed the Mountview project, saying it would be ‘good for Peckham’ and provide the opportunity for a cultural activity in the area.

The academy has a completion date scheduled for September 2018.

Architect’s view

The proposed building is conceived of two distinct volumes: a saw-tooth teaching block and a theatre block, visually separated based on their internal functions. A brick-clad teaching block offers silhouetted glimpses of the activities inside, while a Corten-clad theatre block will be brightly illuminated, acting as a beacon of activity amidst the surrounding area.

Project data

Location Eagle Wharf, Peckham Square
Type of project Education
Client Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Architect Carl Turner Architects
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
M&E consultant Skelley & Couch
Quantity surveyor Focus Consultants
Completion date September 2018
Gross internal floor area 10,180m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build


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