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Future Moves update

17 DEC 2015

In July 2015 Southwark Council’s cabinet approved Heads of Terms for Mountview to build a new training facility and theatre in the heart of Peckham.

The terms agreed a 99-year lease on Eagle Wharf, a vacant brownfield site on Peckham Hill Street behind Peckham Library.

Since July we have been developing designs for our Theatre school, , talking to local cultural organisations and considering how we could enhance the current community offer to better benefit the local people of Peckham.

Studio, workshop and theatre space needs have been considered along with admin offices, bar and café facilities. Spaces for community and commercial hire have also been included in our planning.

The entrance will be on Library Square drawing visitors across the square. Early plans envisage a publically accessible spacious foyer with café, bar and box office. Subject to fundraising the foyer will lead to a 200-seat main house which will enable us to present full-scale productions. A flexible studio theatre will provide performance space for smaller-scale work.

Studio teaching spaces will be in use by Mountview’s 400 students during the day. In the evenings, weekends and holidays we are planning to enable performing arts skills classes for all ages and levels of experience. Studio and rehearsal spaces will be available for hire by community groups and professional companies.

With a focus on health and well-being as well as performance skills we plan to offer dance classes, yoga and pilates, martial arts training, ballroom and cultural dance. Our outreach work will stretch beyond evening and weekend classes to go into local schools and libraries offering young people training to develop their performance skills.

Mountview at Peckham

Find out more

We want to meet our future neighbours and hear feedback on our plans for the building and community activity.

You can meet the Mountview team and find out more about the project on Monday 22 February 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in Pod 1, Peckham Library.

This public exhibition will include images of the latest designs for the building, the proposed construction materials, images of the elevations and construction timeframes. There will also be more details about how we aim to ensure that all members of the community can take advantage of our programme of activities.

The exhibition visuals will also be available to view on this website from 22 February. 


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.

Mountview at Peckham


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.”



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.


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