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Double win at the Building London Planning Awards

Posted 15 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

National Youth Theatre have won two awards at the Building London Planning Awards, for the major redevelopment of our Creative Production House in north London on the Holloway Road, led by DSDHA. 

NYT were awarded Best Heritage or Culture Project and The Mayor's Award for Good Growth and judges said the following about the redevelopment: 

"NYT’s street presence has been radically improved with a new pavilion replacing a former car park, in line with NYT’s environmental policy, providing an important new presence within Holloway Road’s largely commercial streetscape. Work has been undertaken to integrate NYT and the activities therein into the street scene, the improvements to the public realm, and the fantastic spaces that have been created to allow young people to develop their talent alongside professional rehearsals." 

"The new entrance pavilion gives the NYT a distinctive and well-considered presence in the street scene and opens the building to activities for students and the wider community. The NYT and their young people are delighted with the project and how it helps them achieve their objectives, particularly in reaching out to young disabled people and their ​“Inclusive Practice” programme."

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The transformation of the building has been designed by internationally acclaimed architects DSDHA, working with Gardiner and Theobald, Access=Design, cc|be,  Sound Space Vision, Gerald Eve, David Akera Engineering and Neilcott Construction. 

We are very grateful to these organisations who are supporting the redevelopment of our home to create a National Production House for Young People: the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund, The Kirby Laing Foundation, Arts Council England, London Marathon Charitable Trust, the Christina Smith Foundation and City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, London Borough of Islington and Green Hall Foundation. We’re also incredibly grateful to Michael Bonehill and Edward Duthie Shamash for their pro-bono legal support, which we couldn’t have redeveloped the building without and to our all who volunteered their time, especially our young members who co-designed the project with us, our Trustees and Youth Trustees who offered their time and expertise so generously and Rob Halliday.