18 January 2019
Construction is now well underway at Ladbroke House in Islington for the new London Screen Academy post 16 free school.
LocatED, on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE), is overseeing the redevelopment of the site for the specialist school.
As stated, the new free school is for 16–19 year olds and will teach the skills and background knowledge needed to join the screen industries (which include film and television), to progress to higher education or to enter other professions, alongside a broader curriculum.
Originally built as a factory in the 1920s, the building had been vacant for a number of years before it was acquired by the ESFA. The acquisition was completed by current LocatED Senior Acquisitions Manager Matthew Robertson, whilst in his previous role at the DfE. The new school design will retain the existing 1920s building exterior, whilst internally it is undergoing significant re-configuration, with the centre of the industrial space demolished and being replaced with a three-storey film production studio and supporting facilities. Check out the latest CGI’s for the scheme here.
Updates from site
Watch the time-lapse video from Pristine London that shows how it removed the centre of the building in order to build the new studios.
See the most recent pictures from site showing the new steel structure in construction.