After 37 years of operation, the Albany’s current building is struggling to maintain standards, and is in need of a significant and imaginative overhaul.
We have been working with the award-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann and consulting widely, to develop a Masterplan for the site. We are aiming to improve facilities so we can build on the Albany’s success and prevent the creative energy and partnerships associated with the Albany from dissipating. The motivation for investment is:
• To sustain and develop the existing infrastructure so that users can work more effectively and economically.
• To increase the variety, functionality and attractiveness of performance, hire and social spaces to improve the building’s versatility and ability to generate income.
We aim to use a mixture of refurbishment and new building to create a new Albany with improved performance, production, creative enterprise and community spaces. We have determined that we will preserve the Albany’s iconic main performance space, with upgraded facilities, maintain outside space and deliver a building of the highest environmental standards. The development will include housing on site which will fund a considerable proportion of the Albany’s building costs.
We have the full support of Lewisham Council and are currently working on a Business Case for the project alongside BOP Consulting. We expect to make further announcements in October 2018, prior to a full consultation and design process during 2019.
Top image shows The People’s Tower, a participatory project which took place in the Albany Garden. Photo Charlotte E Groves.