One of Trinity Laban's main performance spaces, Blackheath Halls, has recently completed an important building and refurbishment programme including the installation of a passenger lift from the ground floor to the 160 seat Recital Room, and full refurbishment of the Recital Room itself. The installation of the lift provides much improved access for both performers and audiences to the diverse programme of performances and events.
The project was made possible by a range of donations, including a £200,000 grant from Viridor Credits, grants from the City Bridge Trust, Sir John Morden's Charity, the Heritage of London Trust, the Friends of Blackheath Halls and the Blackheath Halls Endowment Trust, as well as many individual donations from members of the local community. The lift was officially opened by Dame Joan Ruddock MP in September 2013.
Frequent use of Blackheath Halls for rehearsals and large scale performances has created a lasting relationship between Trinity Laban students, professional staff and musicians and the local community, many of whom have supported Blackheath Halls for many years.
Keith Murray General Manager of Blackheath Halls said: "Active community participation is vital to Blackheath Halls. Children and young people from a variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, and adults of all ages, take part in projects including nationally acclaimed community operas, a gospel choir project for schools and adults, a community orchestra, a jazz group, workshops, classes and tea dances.
"This new lift means we can now truly be accessible to everyone."