Breaking down barriers to entry in creative industries
Construction work is well underway at the London Screen Academy. Towards the end of 2019 this repurposed former television factory in Islington will become home to one of the world’s most exciting media-focussed sixth form schools and welcome its first cohort of students. Alongside a broader curriculum, the academy will offer pupils the opportunity for a film industry focused education. Set up by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films the school is part of ongoing efforts to bring new entrants from a diverse range of backgrounds into the film industry.
When buildings become disused or abandoned, we believe that adaptive reuse can be the perfect way to breathe new life back in to an area, while conserving resources and historic value. At the LSA the existing building is undergoing a dramatic internal reconfiguration with the centre of the multi-storey industrial space being demolished and replaced with a three-storey film production studio and supporting facilities. The general teaching and workshop spaces wrap around this central core facility responding to and utilising the existing external envelope that will remain largely unaltered in appearance. The addition of a new rooftop courtyard that will host film screenings, not to mention extensive views over London, will complete the arrangement and provide informal social space for staff and students alike.
Considering thinktank Centre for London’s current research into identifying the barriers preventing young people from accessing jobs and training in London’s cultural industries, the future London Screen Academy is more relevant than ever.