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Peckham to become a hot spot for acting talent with arrival of new drama academy

Peckham looks set to become a hot spot for young acting talent, after the prestigious Mountview Academy submitted plans for a huge new campus.

Mountview hope to expand from their base in Wood Green to a parcel of brownfield land called Eagle Wharf, behind Peckham Library.

Last week the academy submitted its plans to Southwark Council, with details of nineteen studios, two television studios, a radio studio, and 200-seat theatre and an 80-seat theatre studio.

Mountview Academy artist's impression 2

The academy’s commercial director, Matthew Turnball, told the News: “We have been working on this for about eighteen months, and if we get approval we would hope to be able to finish construction in time for the September 2018.

“We have been in talks with local people and places like the Bussey Building, the Peckham Plex and Theatre Peckham. We chose Peckham for its fantastic transport links, because it’s a thriving town centre and because it’s a very creative area.”

Mountview Academy artist's impression 3

Mountview’s Chairman, Vikki Heywood CBE, said: “Mountview will be both a dynamic public building and a thriving and diverse training environment.

“World-class facilities will enable our local, national and international students to excel, working with leading industry professionals. We will also welcome thousands of young people and members of the local community to the building each year for classes, events and to enjoy shows.”

The four-storey building, covering 95 square metres of land, has been designed by Carl Turner Architects. The Academy will offer undergraduate, masters and foundation-level qualifications.

The campus will typically be open from 9am to 6pm each day and available for commercial and community use on weekends and holiday times.

Mountview’s plans are also available to view on its website at mountview.org.uk/futuremoves.

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