Royal Ballet School

ECD Architects, City of London, 2003


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Natural light floods studio spaces 

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  • Natural light floods studio spaces    
  • Stairs rising from reception into two-storey foyer    
  • Main staircase rising from foyer    
  • Central studios have sidelight from the west    
  • Entrance marked by glass banner    
  • Djanogly studio    
  • Hanover Place    
  • Ground floor passage to reception    
  • Long Ache, with narrow Hanover Place to left    
  • Linden studio in performance mode    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth floor plan    
  • Render    
  • Model    

Shell and core to house the Royal Ballet School, including renovation of three listed building

A commercial mixed-use development located in a conservation area, providing a retail store at ground level with 3000m2 of dance studios educational and support space above.

Part of the students education is to be permanently on show. Internal spaces are varied and so arranged openly to work within the restricted site. A double-height entrance foyer orientates visitors and allows for views into studios.

The five studios are the main spaces, they are double-height volumes on single levels of varying height with ancillary spaces wrapped around
arge glazed openings and light-wells to the studios help provide natural daylight, in combination to the mechanical lighting and ventilation used.


  • Begun: Feb 2001
  • Completed: Feb 2003
  • Floor area: 3,385m2
  • Sectors: Arts and culture, Education
  • Total cost: £8.5M
  • Tender date: Feb 2001
  • Procurement: JCT Private Quantities: adapted by JCT Contractor's Designed Portion Supplement
  • Address: 46 Floral Street, City of London, WC2E 9DA, United Kingdom

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