London College of Creative Media (LCCM) held a ceremony on Tuesday 4 December to celebrate the opening of the “Music Box”, the new home of the College. The event saw the participation of Myleene Klass, singer and celebrity, Neil Coyle, Member of Parliament for Bermondsey & Old Southwark, plus other special guests.
LCCM’s new purpose-built central London campus is located on Union Street,, within easy walking distance of Southwark underground station. Purpose built for LCCM, the “Music Box” provides students with unrivalled resources for music, writing and technology. The building consists of four floors of bespoke workshop spaces, recording studios, music technology labs and a basement music venue.
The new campus allows the College to further its aim – to transform higher education in music by connecting students to industry and investment. The performance spaces and music venue on campus provide a fantastic opportunity for live performances and masterclasses.
Designed by SPPARC for developer Taylor Wimpey Central London and LCCM in consultation with the London Borough of Southwark, the “Music Box” has been conceived as an urban marker to create a new distinctive cultural corridor between Southwark station and Tate Modern. The building also responds to housing demands in the area, with two storeys of affordable accommodation and eight storeys of luxury residences.
Myleene Klass, Darius Khwaja, Principal and Founder of LCCM, Neil Coyle MP, and Trevor Morriss, Principal at SPPARC, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of “Music Box”.
Darius Khwaja commented: “With the new campus, we have a flagship space in the centre of London, where music, technology and writing can all meet. We love our new home. On every floor there are recording studios, mac labs, practice booths and performance rooms buzzing with the creative talent of our students.
The significant investment in new facilities and equipment at LCCM will help students to become professional performers and the great artists of the future.”
Trevor Morriss said: “The inspiring brief for the new LCCM campus called for a unique creative environment, which welcomes artistic and intellectual exploration of modern music.
“The concept and architectural approach was derived through the desire to reflect the creative energy that is generated inside the College onto the streets outside to engage both its users and the public. SPPARC is delighted to have conceived and delivered the “Music Box” – a place for living and a space for learning; a genuine mixed-use development.”