ArtsEd Gets Green Light for Major Refurbishment


ArtsEd is delighted to have been granted planning permission from the London Borough of Hounslow on 14 June for the reorganisation and refurbishment of Cone Ripman House, to create a new studio theatre, as well as additional rehearsal and teaching spaces. The project will cover all aspects of ArtsEd’s provision, including significant improvements in the Day School and Sixth Form facilities as well as the Schools of Acting and Musical Theatre.

Leading architects De Matos Ryan developed plans earlier this year to show how to make the best use of the tight urban site, optimising the existing buildings and unlocking the potential of currently empty courtyard space. Their vision maintains a positive contribution to the wider conservation area and community as well as the school’s immediate neighbours.

Principal Chris Hocking says:

“We are delighted to be able to move forwards with our refurbishment plans and provide our students with facilities that match the exceptional quality of our teaching – ensuring that future generations continue to leave ArtsEd as outstandingly confident and creative young performers.”

This major refurbishment of ArtsEd’s west London home will provide students with world-class facilities in an inspiring environment, including a new state of the art Studio Theatre. This will complement The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre which opened in 2013 and was the first significant addition to the school’s facilities since first making its home in Chiswick over thirty years ago. ArtsEd has since developed a reputation for world-class conservatoire training and as a centre for excellence – all down to our industry-focused expertise and the calibre of our dedicated staff, our intensive and practical training schedule, and our strong focus on pastoral care.

Once the refurbishment is complete, ArtsEd students will all be in one location to enjoy the best possible performing arts environment. ArtsEd will also be able to share these new facilities with the wider community through its continuing programme of evening and weekend courses.

Our neighbours can be proud of our ongoing succuss. In June 2018, ArtsEd was awarded TEF Gold for delivering outstanding teaching, learning and student outcomes, while in 2016 we were named The Stage School of the Year and and deemed ‘exemplary’ in Trinity College London’s most recent validation.

The future is bright!