Regent’s University London is set to invest £3m in converting a former church in central London, into a new teaching space including a significant large performing facility.
The University will refurbish the late 19th Century former ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ in Marylebone to a high specification and will begin with the conversion of the upper three floors and basement into a general teaching space.
The chapel on the ground floor will become a 100-seat performance theatre for students at Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media. Regent’s acting students using the new facilities will include those on scholarships which are sponsored each year by the Kevin Spacey Foundation.
Steve Winter, Programme Director at Kevin Spacey Foundation, said: "Real, usable theatre spaces for teaching and creative learning are few and far between in London. To have a dedicated space to do so, linked to the hugely impressive courses on offer at Regent's University London is an exciting proposition. It demonstrates once again the ambition, commitment to excellence and community cohesion that is so important to Regent's."
The theatre will also be used for University special events and performances such as the University’s annual fashion show. In total the conversion and refurbishment will bring another 7,700 sq ft of space into use for the University. The conversion of the building is scheduled to start in January and will be completed in time for the start of the new academic year in September 2014.
Commenting on the development, Regent’s Vice Chancellor Prof Aldwyn Cooper, said: “Paddington Street is a welcome addition to our creative hub on the Marylebone campus, providing further first-class facilities to complement Regent’s excellent standards of teaching and an outstanding student experience.”