WE HAVE SOME AMAZING NEWS TO SHARE
After 8 years at our current location at Old Street in London we are saying goodbye to the old and moving to the new. AMTA is taking over an entire building in one of the fastest developing areas of London, Hackney Wick. Located right next to the Olympic Park it plays host to hundreds of artists and soon to be drama school. Hackney Wick has become the next big thing!
The buildings in this area were mainly old East London factories including AMTA’s newly renovated building on Wallis Road, built in 1929. A former social club, the building has been superbly renovated retaining many original features, including its own theatre.
As part of the Olympic London Legacy scheme, this area has had millions of pounds worth of investment injected. Newly built flats, cafes, art galleries and restaurants line the streets – even Michelin Star Chef Tom Brown has opened one. One of the best parts is that it’s all easily accessible by Hackney Wick Station (next door to AMTA’s new home), which recently received a £12 million refurbishment, with Stratford Station also nearby.
AMTA is currently fitting out the new building with state-of-the-art facilities for students to enjoy on it’s opening September 19th. AMTA Principal Kenneth Avery-Clark came across the space on the internet one day when randomly looking at possible new spaces but with no firm plan to move. “This is an exciting time for AMTA all round, with our new schools in Rome, Belfast and of course New York”, says Kenneth. “We needed a change and were so lucky to find this incredible building in such a vibrant and trendy location. There are so many plans for growth in this area and it’s great to be part of it”.
From the Hackney Council…
The former mills and plastics factories now house over 600 creative industry workspaces where architects, photographers, digital artists and designers with a global reach work side by side. Around this highly entrepreneurial community is a growing café, arts and leisure culture scene, with galleries, festivals, pop-ups and restaurants.
Wick is an area rich in potential, home to almost a third of the Olympic Park, including the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre which has brought unrivalled digital connectivity to the area, and is part of the east London Tech City initiative. Major transport improvements have already been made in the area with direct links to the Underground network and excellent international connections, with further improvements planned.
Multi-million-pound plans are almost complete to improve Hackney Wick Overground station. This investment will provide the opportunity to transform the area around the station and make it a fitting hub for a destination that will offer business space, restaurants, new homes, cafés, shops and parklands, as well as a 6,000-seat multi-use venue. There are ambitious plans for the wider area to bring even greater opportunities for business growth.