PUBLIC PRESENTATION IN PECKHAM LIBRARY
On Wednesday 9 December 2015 Stephen Jameson, Mountview's Artistic Director and Principal, will be giving a presentation at Peckham Library.
Stephen will be talking about Mountview and his vision for the Academy in its new home at the heart of Peckham. There will be a chance to ask questions and give feedback.
Join us in Pod 1 at Peckham Library. Doors open at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 6.30pm.
ALTERNATIVE NEW HOME FOR MOUNTVIEW EXPLORED
14 JULY 2015
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is committed to securing its long-term future as one of the UK’s top drama schools.
To achieve this it needs to move to a permanent home with its own theatre and teaching, rehearsal and dance studios together with community arts facilities.
We have been working closely with Haringey Council for a number of years to develop plans for a permanent home in the Borough and have been looking at potential sites near our current studios in Wood Green.
We have also been exploring other locations across London.
We have identified a possible site in the London Borough of Southwark on a brownfield site next to the Stirling Prize-winning library in the heart of Peckham.
This site would place us within a one-mile radius of the Old Vic, Young Vic, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Unicorn Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Peckham and Camberwell College of Art. It would also give us excellent transport links to the West End and the City. Detailed work is underway with Southwark Council to explore this opportunity.
Should the development in Peckham go ahead we intend to explore a plan to continue the 70-year connection with Haringey by sustaining a young people’s community outreach drama training presence in the borough.
Principal and Artistic Director, Stephen Jameson said: “Mountview would be extremely sorry to leave its home in Haringey but we are committed to securing the best outcome for our students, staff and alumni.
“The Academy provides high quality drama training to the most talented students from across the UK combined with a wide ranging community programme.
“We believe Mountview is a compelling proposition for any borough looking to establish a centre of excellence for the creative industries.”
CAPITAL PROJECT UPDATE
23 JANUARY 2015
Mountview has been working closely with Haringey Council and Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to develop plans to turn the former Hornsey Town Hall into a permanent home for the Academy.
Following an initial grant from Heritage Lottery Fund Mountview developed plans to sympathetically convert the Grade II* listed building, as well as to create publically accessible teaching and training spaces.
The joint planning work by Mountview and Haringey Council however demonstrated that the cost of restoring the Town Hall, in line with English Heritage’s requirements, is beyond the organisations’ combined reach.
Instead, Mountview has confirmed that it is to pursue a new project with the council close to its current studios at the Chocolate Factory, in Wood Green’s cultural quarter.
Stephen Jameson, Mountview’s Principal and Artistic Director announced: “We were always aware that converting a Grade II* listed building would be a significant challenge and through close planning with Haringey it has become increasingly clear that our demands as a top-flight drama training Academy, with a strong community outreach programme, were not an easy fit into Hornsey Town Hall.
“Encouragingly, potential alternative schemes for Mountview have been identified. Should they prove feasible, we look forward to working with the council to develop them.
“It has been a positive experience working with Haringey and Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and we wish them well in finding a sustainable future for the Town Hall. We would also like to thank Heritage Lottery Fund for their involvement and support.”
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said: “Mountview have put a tremendous amount of work into the Hornsey Town Hall project and it is a real shame that the building is not going to work for the Mountview scheme.
“We are strongly committed to working with Mountview to help them to find an alternative high quality permanent home in our borough. We are in active discussions with the Academy about finding a new site in the heart of the Wood Green Cultural Quarter as part of our ambitious regeneration plans for the area.
“We also remain determined to secure a strong future for Hornsey Town hall. An independent options appraisal for possible future uses of the building has been carried out and we will continue to work with the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to bring it back into use and allow public access to the much-loved landmark.”
Liz Sich, Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, added: “It is obviously very disappointing that the Mountview project at Hornsey Town Hall will no longer be going ahead as we always felt that their offer of arts education, performance and borough-wide engagement truly reflected local expectations for this glorious building. We were particularly impressed by Mountview’s vision for community access and use at Hornsey Town Hall which should serve as a benchmark as the project moves forward.
Mountview has broad-reaching plans for a new home. With new theatre, studio, workshop and social spaces we’ll be able to extend the range of courses, expand our education programme, and create a sustainable and thriving hub for creative arts in the community.