Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…
This week we were thrilled to learn that Birmingham Royal Ballet is a successful recipient under Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme, securing an award of £1.85m.
This substantial grant will allow BRB to undergo major improvements to its home base right here at Birmingham Hippodrome for the first time in 23 years since the Company moved from London to Birmingham in 1990.
The award will see BRB update its Thorp Street rehearsal home from a private space to a sustainable and adaptable multi-purpose building fit to accommodate its 180-strong work-force and visiting personnel including young people of all ages.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will transform its premises into accessible first class rehearsal facilities which will welcome both members of the public and staff. The major refurbishment will also allow the Company to host further learning and outreach work in beautiful new studios.
Adaptations to improve building management will also include the use of solar panels yielding energy savings of up to 10%.
Congratulations to Birmingham Royal Ballet – we can’t wait for work to start!