English National Ballet, London

Our low-energy designs will help to create the stunning new home for English National Ballet and English National Ballet School in east London.

English National Ballet, London

Through all RIBA design stages 1 to 6, Hydrock has acted as the structural and M&E engineer for the fit-out contract for a state-of-the-art new home for English National Ballet and English National Ballet School in east London. Our appointment to the final stage of this landmark project in 2016 secured our involvement from conception to completion.

The move will bring together under one roof one of the world’s leading ballet companies and a world-renowned specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. The building will combine eight teaching and rehearsal studios including a unique production space unrivalled in the capital, and will include specialist areas which have been specifically designed to the English National Ballet requirements, including a hydrotherapy pool, ice bath, dye room, spray booth, music room and physiotherapy suite.

The iconic building will be situated on Eco World Ballymore’s newly developed London City Island, a new mixed-use district in East London, located on a 4.7ha brownfield site on a peninsula between the River Lea and the Thames.

The island-based location presented an opportunity for an innovative and unusual design approach to the building services. Feeding off the island’s own district heating system, the building requires no separate boiler plant. The low-energy design incorporates discreet service routing which helps to significantly limit any detraction from the architectural aspirations. Other aspects of the building services design include energy efficient LED lighting used throughout, acoustic separation design between rehearsal and teaching spaces, and critically, acoustic separation between internal and external spaces so rehearsals and performances are not affected.

The two companies are due to move into the new premises in late 2018.