Laban Centre

The new Laban Centre is now the world's largest centre for contemporary dance. It contains dance studios, therapy and sports injury clinics, a theatre, video recording and editing suite, library and research archives and public spaces, all treated as free-floating volumes encased in translucent skins in a single enclosing structure.

The building features two glass walled courtyards that drop from roof level to different depths. Circulation uses both ramps and spiral stairs.

The in situ concrete frame is complex, incorporating curved walls and the ramps. Extensive ground decontamination was required before construction started.

building services

The new Laban Centre is now the world's largest centre for contemporary dance. It contains dance studios, therapy and sports injury clinics, a theatre, a video recording and editing suite, a library, research archives and public spaces, all treated as free-floating volumes encased in translucent skins in a single enclosing structure.

Having collaborated with a Swiss firm in developing the initial concepts, we were sole services engineers from stage D onward. We used a displacement ventilation system throughout, with underfloor heating in the dance studios. Care was taken to closely monitor ventilation velocities at floor level, ensuring the comfort and safety of dancers with bare feet and ankles. Trench heating is used in the offices and other areas, with convection heating under the windows.

The building's outer skin consists of full-height polycarbonate glazing. This permits the maximum entry of daylight into the studios and offices, while providing an innovative solar shield with a solar gain factor of only 0.2.

Ramboll

Ramboll
240 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NW
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 20 7631 5291
Fax:+44 845 299 1610

Mail: london@ramboll.co.uk

Company registration

Company registration

Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW


Other sites

Other sites