Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood Space, London

Architects: Paxton Locher Architects, Munkenbeck & Partners; and Satellite Architects

Opened in 1998, extended in 2006/2007

Jerwood Space was Jerwood Foundation’s first capital project and was conceived by its Chairman, Alan Grieve. Housed in the converted buildings of a Victorian school in Southwark, this unique venue offers affordable rehearsal spaces for both established and emerging theatre, opera and dance companies to develop their work side by side.

The main building, refurbished by Paxton Locher Architects, opened in 1998 with five fully equipped rehearsal spaces. The school’s bike and garage sheds were converted into a spectacular 2,600 square foot Gallery which offers a year-round contemporary programme of awards, exhibitions and events managed by Jerwood Arts. The School House run by Gentlemen Baristas is open to the public during the day and the café, Glasshouse and striking glazed courtyard, designed by Satellite Architects, are available to hire for private, business and corporate events.

Jerwood Space was further developed in 2006/7 with a magnificent rooftop extension by Munkenbeck + Partners Architects funded by Jerwood Foundation. The new rooftop rehearsal studios, especially designed for rehearsing musical theatre, and meeting rooms replaced the second storey of the building which had been lost to bomb damage in 1940.

Jerwood Space now provides the largest, dedicated rehearsal space in London with all the facilities required by major producers and directors working in the performing arts.


Jerwood Space © Architects: Paxton Locher, Munckenbeck & Partners and Satellite Architects