Edward Alleyn Building, Alleyn's School

van Heyningen and Haward Architects, London, 2008


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Exterior view across field 

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  • Exterior view across field    
  • Exterior view of SE facade, terrace overlooking school field    
  • Exterior view of cut-out terrace    
  • Exterior view of NW facade across netball court    
  • View of NE facade    
  • Interior view of foyer, 3-storey top lit atrium    
  • Exterior view of quad between the new and existing school     
  • Interior view of Michael Croft Theatre    
  • Site Plan    
  • First Floor Plan    
  • Ground Floor Plan     
  • Second Floor Plan     
  • Elevation NE    
  • Elevation NW    
  • Section through 3-storey atrium    
  • Long Section    
  • Elevation SW    
  • Elevation SE    
  • Section through theatre    
  • Cut-away Drawing    
  • Visualisation across field    
  • Flexible Seating Diagram    

350-seat Michael Croft Theatre and atrium foyer space for Alleyn's School in Dulwich, South-East London

The £8.5m Edward Alleyn Building includes the 350 seat Michael Croft Theatre, named after the founder of the National Youth Theatre (NYT).

The theatre is designed to be flexible, with excellent acoustic qualities and sightlines to the stage. The building also houses general teaching facilities and a studio theatre for use by the NYT.

The foyer, a top-lit three-storey atrium space with glazed facades, provides views over the school grounds. From the foyer a new terrace opens out, allowing views over the playing fields.

The creation of a double quad between the new and existing school buildings creates a new heart to the school.


  • Begun: Aug 2007
  • Completed: Aug 2008
  • Floor area: 3,510m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £8.4M
  • Procurement: Traditional JCT ICD 2005
  • CO2 Emissions: 25kg/m2/year
  • Address: Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU, United Kingdom

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