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ABRSM moving to Square Mile’s ‘cultural hub’
ABRSM will be relocating to the City of London’s ‘cultural hub’, after signing a new lease for an office adjacent to the Barbican. The music education and examination charity is moving to Salters Hall at London Wall Place, as part of its plans for growth and development both in the UK and internationally. ABRSM’s 170 employees will move to the Grade II listed building, originally designed by renowned architect Sir Basil Spence, around the end of the year. The building has undergone substantial refurbishment and will be adapted to meet ABRSM’s specific requirements over the coming months.
Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive, said:
“We’re really excited about our move to London Wall Place and playing our part in the City of London’s vibrant cultural quarter. As the UK’s single largest music education body and the world leader in music exams, we look forward to working with the City of London in promoting the value of music and the arts to individuals, society and the economy. “We are also committed to working with our new cultural neighbours to encourage more people, regardless of their age or background, to develop an interest in music and the arts. We believe we have a significant contribution to bring to their, and Sir Simon Rattle’s, plans for a new concert hall and centre for music education. “London Wall Place will provide ABRSM with several excellent new facilities, including a purpose built exam suite with two warm-up rooms for candidates and dedicated seminar rooms for us to share the latest in music teaching best practice with our 700 examiners. “We’re also proud that our design for the fit-out of the new office will be working towards the highest SKA gold environmental rating from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The London Wall Place team has also achieved excellent status from BREEAM for its design and construction sustainability.”
David Morris, Clerk to the Salters’ Company, said:
“Salters’ Hall has been the headquarters of The Salters’ Livery Company at Fore Street since 1976. It has now been modernised to 21st century standards and sympathetically redeveloped to reflect not only its uniqueness as a modern brutalist livery hall but designed to blend in with the exciting new London Wall Place Development. As the single tenant of the available commercial space at Salters’ Hall, ABRSM’s charitable purposes will work well alongside the Salters’ Company’s philanthropic and charitable objectives.”
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Notes to the editor
ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress. The ABRSM office is currently in Portland Place in west London.
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