Tuesday, 10 April 2012
The project for Interchange Studios, completed in 2000, involved the construction of a new Weekend Arts College and the conversion of the former Hampstead Town Hall, a Listed Grade II building into a new headquarters for charities, voluntary organisations and the University of the Third Age whose activities are centred around the arts, training and people with disabilities.
The building accommodates many of the organisations under the umbrella of Interchange Studios, providing offices, a library, function and meeting-room spaces, a performance hall seating 250 people, foyer spaces, and a café/bar for both visitors and occupants alike. The building is linked to a new extension by a glazed atrium art gallery space.
The new extension is occupied by the Weekend Arts College, providing music, dance and drama for young people, including those with disabilities. The College comprises two new rehearsal studios, music practice and recording studios, and affiliated storage, changing rooms and office spaces.
Twelve years later Interchange continues to thrive and has provided support to many people of all ages. Amongst those who have benefited from the venue include members of the street dance group, Diversity, winners of Britain's Got Talent in 2009, and Ms Dynamite who said "WAC was the foundation of the experience and expertise I needed to become the artist I am today".