South­bank’s new ri­val

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THE river­front at Wool­wich could be­come an arts and me­dia hub to ri­val the South­bank Cen­tre if plans un­veiled this week are ap­proved. The pro­pos­als in­clude cre­at­ing a ma­jor new mu­sic venue in a for­mer mu­ni­tions fac­tory, two theatres, re­hearsal and stu­dio space, plus new restau­rants, shops and of­fices at the Royal Arse­nal.

Green­wich coun­cil has pledged to in­vest more than £40 mil­lion to take over a string of his­toric build­ings, in­clud­ing the Royal Mil­i­tary Academy, which opened at the arse­nal in 1741 as a train­ing VISIT for de­tails of our usual pro­mo­tion rules. When you re­spond to pro­mo­tions, of­fers or com­pe­ti­tions, the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard and its sis­ter com­pa­nies may con­tact you with rel­e­vant of­fers and ser­vices that may be of in­ter­est. Please give your mo­bile num­ber and/or email ad­dress if you would like to re­ceive such of­fers by text or email.

Edi­to­rial: 020 3615 2650 Ad­ver­tise­ment man­ager: Ann Fi­nan Ad­ver­tis­ing: 020 3615 0266 Homes & Property, North­cliffe House, 2 Derry Street, Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don W8 5TT. school for young Army of­fi­cers and was a fore­run­ner of Sand­hurst. The for­mer mu­ni­tions fac­tory will be­come a per­for­mance venue with seat­ing for more than 4,000 peo­ple. A new in­door theatre will seat 450 and there will also be an open-air court­yard theatre. Space will be pro­vided for in­di­vid­ual artists to work, and for theatre com­pa­nies.

The new fa­cil­i­ties will mea­sure al­most 160,000sq ft. “The to­tal use­able space is com­pa­ra­ble, if not larger, than the cre­ative space pro­vided in the South­bank Cen­tre,” points out Fiona Stones, the coun­cil’s as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of cul­ture, in a re­port on the project. Arts Coun­cil Eng­land is back­ing the plans, which Joyce Wil­son, Lon­don area di­rec­tor, de­scribes as “tremen­dously ex­cit­ing”.

Once the build­ings are ren­o­vated, Green­wich in­tends to set up a trust to run the venues and says it is al­ready ne­go­ti­at­ing with theatre, dance, mu­sic, and per­for­mance com­pa­nies keen to be in­volved, in­clud­ing “a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional im­mer­sive theatre com­pany”, the aerial theatre com­pany Tan­gled Feet, and Pro­tein Dance.

It is hoped that the first theatre pro­duc­tions will be­gin at Wool­wich at the end of next year. “The venues could be op­er­a­tional seven days a week with shows, work­shops, classes and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day and into the evening,” adds Ms Stones. From next year, travel to and from Wool­wich will be­come eas­ier with the Cross­rail sta­tion launch. The coun­cil be­lieves the plan will en­hance the area and bring hun­dreds of cre­ative jobs.

Find the full ver­sion of Ruth Bloom­field’s story at home­sand­prop­


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