Construction has started on the new £6 million Globe Education and Rehearsal Centre, in Southwark, for the Shakespeare Globe Trust
The scheme, which has been designed by Globe specialist Jon Greenfield and former Stirling-shortlisted practice Eldridge Smerin, will overhaul an existing Victorian building in Park Street on Bankside, south of the Thames, just 50m from Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
The historic façade will be retained, behind which will be built a new rehearsal studio replicating the size and shape of the Shakespeare Globe stage.
In addition, the centre will house four workshop studios - with lift and ramped entrances making the building fully accessible - and a public café at ground-floor level.
To mark the start of the project, actress Zoë Wanamaker, whose father founded the Shakespeare Globe Trust in 1970, visited the site. She said: ‘It is a significant moment to see more of my father’s dream become a reality.’
The building, which is being built by ‘community contractor’ Durkan is due for completion in late Spring 2010