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LAMDA's new teaching and theatre building


VolkerFitzpatrick is transforming LAMDA’s west London campus into a world-class centre for drama training and performance.

This two stage Design & Build project involves construction of a three and four storey drama complex. This includes 10 teaching studios, a media recording suite, library and study centre plus the 230 seat Simon Sainsbury Theatre and the 120 seat Carne Studio.

Site preparation included demolition of existing buildings followed by extensive earth remediation. The substructure solution uses 211 CFA piles at a depth of 25 metres, plus ground floor slab.

The superstructure of the four storey theatre uses a steel frame with slim deck flooring and the three storey building uses an RC frame with pre-cast floors. Acoustic bearing pads help protect against structural-borne noise and vibration.

The envelope combines traditional brickwork to the lower levels and rain screen cladding to the upper levels.

Logistics are the key project challenge. The island site is landlocked between the busy A4 highway, Barons Court underground station and a UKPN sub-station.

We developed and agreed a detailed logistic strategy with TfL, LUL and LB Hammersmith and Fulham prior to starting on site. This included agreeing crane and over sailing licences, a scaffolding licence and party wall awards.

We ensured a Section 60 notice was in place before we started on site. Our on-going neighbour liaison maximises safety and minimises disruption for all.

Our site team is actively working with LAMDA and neighbouring universities and colleges in furthering the impact of this development by bringing students to site and are delivering construction related presentations.

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Facts and figures

  • Client:
    London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
  • Value:
    London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
  • Dates:
    February 2015 to July 2016
  • Duration:
    76 Weeks
  • Project categories
    Community projects

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