So when BW: Workplace Experts told us that they had recently completed their first leisure and arts project, with the management of the fit-out of the new home for the prestigious English National Ballet (ENB) and English National Ballet School, we thought it was about time we fed our cultural souls.
The 93,000 sq ft development is located on London City Island, which is the iconic new Ecoworld Ballymore riverside neighbourhood in east London.
The brand new building now accommodates a greatly enhanced offering for the ENB, its 74 dancers and supporting cast.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, ENB’s new home combines state-of-the-art training, teaching, rehabilitation facilities, alongside stage-sized rehearsal studios, meeting rooms and a unique production space unrivalled in the capital.
The new location, which has stunning views of Canary Wharf, is one of the best-connected sites in London, with City Airport, the London Underground, DLR and bus facilities all in close proximity. English National Ballet sits in the centre of City Island, next to the currently serene Trinity Square. Not that we can see that serenity lasting, as the Island continues to grow and, with it, a real vibrancy, as other creative and arts-led organisations move in, alongside restaurants, bars and cafés.