Rambert, Upper Ground, London

Allies and Morrison Architects
Date Built
Completion 2013
Upper Ground
The news section of the Rambert website has an article about their new home on the South Bank.  The article was written as work was about to begin on the building.  It said that, "The plot of land on Upper Ground has been made available to Rambert by Coin Street Community Builders, one of the UK's leading social enterprises, in return for a commitment to lead a significant community dance programme in the local area and for the peppercorn rent of one pair of ballet shoes per year. Learning and participation is central to Rambert's vision, and the Company currently works with 14,000 children and young people and 6,000 adults each year.

This purpose-built home will serve to double levels of public engagement and allow the Company to significantly expand its education and outreach activities to meet the needs of the local community in Lambeth and surrounding boroughs.
Award-winning architects Allies & Morrison have designed a fully accessible world-class facility which comprises three large dance studios, set and costume workshops, offices and archive. "

Allies and Morrison say that, "Three large dance studios share changing, workshop and technical areas alongside space for administration, while a dance archive and reading room are open to the public. The sectional arrangement exploits the required mix of single and double-height spaces and allows permeability and views between them. Key spaces are grouped around an internal courtyard which acts as a social focus for the life of the building while also maximising natural light and ventilation.  The building’s concrete structure is exposed and two of the dance studios project beyond the precast concrete panels of the front facade as large glass and aluminium-clad boxes, clearly expressing their function to the street below."

Board Room

The Green Room

Fitness Room

Costume Workshop

The Archive Reading Room

"The total cost of the project is £19.6 million, £7 million of which was awarded by Arts Council England, one of only five grants in London it has recently made to look at new ways to increase arts organisations' sustainability. Rambert has raised nearly £12 million of the fundraising target from private sources, and is set to launch a public campaign in 2012 to help raise the remaining £700,000.


- The construction phase -

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