The Space is a quite exceptional performing arts centre, designed by Tim Ronalds Architects. It provides excellent teaching, practice and performance spaces, including a world-class concert hall, a recording studio and a new drama studio, and incorporates The Sackville Theatre.
The Space has won numerous awards: the Commercial & Public Access category in the 2010 Wood Awards, Best Education Building in the 2010 Brick Awards, and an RIBA Award (South East Region) in 2011. It was nominated for the Kent Design Award 2012 for Best Public Building.
With 15 individual practice rooms, multi-use teaching space, a Sibelius computing suite, state of the art recording studio and covering over 2000m², The Space provides an environment worthy of both professionals and performers learning their craft. There are four unique performance spaces:
The Pamoja Hall:
This superb auditorium seats 410 for concerts, with a stage big enough for an 80-piece orchestra and the facility to seat a 150-strong choir. It boasts a world-class acoustic.
The Recital Room:
Seating up to 100, the Recital Room is a flexible space for more intimate performances of solo and chamber music. It has an excellent acoustic with captivating views of the school grounds through ceiling height windows.
The Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio:
A smaller space seating up to 100, it provides an intimate setting for budding actors to learn their craft. It is supported by state of the art technologies.
The Sackville Theatre:
The Sackville Theatre was opened by Sir Ralph Richardson in 1981, was built as a performance space for the many Sevenoaks School productions produced each year. In 2010 it was renovated and incorporated into The Space. It seats up to 230 people for larger dramatic productions.
The Space was opened by Professor Barry Ife, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, on 27 April 2010, before the inaugural gala concert, when the clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE, an Old Sennockian, performed with Sevenoaks students.