York Place celebrates milestone at Royal Academy of Dance HQ

Waterman are delighted to that York Place, a stunning redevelopment in Battersea, has celebrated the ‘topping out’ of the podium box designed to be the new Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) headquarters on 23 January 2019.

The topping out ceremony was attended by Avanton’s Manager Partner, Omer Weinberger, Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of RAD and Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, as well as the team involved in the design, construction and development of the building.

A special guest appearance was also made by Strictly Come Dancing’s acclaimed judge, Dame Darcey Bussell, who studied at the Royal Ballet School before performing with the Royal Ballet until her retirement in 2007. As one of our resident engineers working on the scheme, and an avid lover of dance, Miriam Spatafora was particularly enamoured by Bussell’s appearance as it marked a once in a lifetime opportunity for the star to sign her treasured ballet book, gifted by her father when Miriam was just eight years old.

As part of the wider York Place area regeneration, designed by Patel Taylor architects, the RAD’s state-of-the-art new facilities are situated at ground level with three residentials buildings rising from a single-storey podium above. The headquarters feature eight dance studios, a 150-person flexible auditorium, changing rooms, offices, public cafe and student library, creating an exceptional space for its occupants to explore their talents.

The remaining housing scheme consists of the stunning 24-storeys centrepiece ‘Coda’, which will provide 130 private residential apartments when the development is complete. This is flanked by two mansion blocks, built up of eleven-to-eight and six-to-eight storeys receptively, which will offer up to 169 private and affordable housing apartments.

Residents will be able to enjoy generous private gardens at podium level, whilst a public plaza will tie this prestigious development together at street level, fashioning an attractive destination for its students and the existing neighbourhood on this stretch of York Road.

Waterman were appointed by Avanton to provide structural, civil and environmental consultancy services for the development.

Andrew Sherlock, Regional Director of Waterman Structures, commented; “We are proud to be involved in this significant development at York Place and the topping out is a major milestone for all of us. The project has benefited from the highest of standards in design and delivery terms, making the new HQ a fantastic facility for the Royal Academy of Dance – well done to the whole team.”

York Place is due to reach practical completion in 2020.

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