Image: English National Ballet's home on London City Island © Michael Molloy.

We are thrilled that English National Ballet’s new home at London City Island, in Canning Town, east London, has been awarded Building of the Year at the AJ100 Awards in 2020.

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, accepted the award on behalf of English National Ballet and Glenn Howells Architects on Thursday 17 September.

English National would like to thank AJ100 for this great honour, and offer our warmest congratulations and thanks to Glenn Howells Architects.

The Dorfman Foyer is the first place everyone coming into the building encounters © Michael Molloy.

Tamara Rojo described her vision for the Company’s new home as “a space where imaginations could be ignited, and where everybody would be welcome.” The state-of-the-art building not only houses the Company and staff, but provides a creative hub for the local community in east London, from which a wide range of classes, events and educational and community programmes will be facilitated.

“What I wanted for the Company was a space where we could create, where we could have freedom, and where we could share our ambition and we could connect with the local community”, Tamara said.

Read why the AJ100 judges chose our building here

ENBYouthCo Summer Intensive 2019 © Thomas Stroppel.

English National Ballet’s new home signifies a new chapter in the Company’s diverse and distinguished history and brings with it a new and invigorated commitment to our founding mission: to bring world class ballet to as many people as possible, wherever they are and whatever their means.

Watch Tamara’s acceptance speech on our YouTube channel.

English National Ballet in class © Ian Gavan.

Our sincere thanks are with the following people and organisations for their support.

Tower Hamlets
EcoWorld Ballymore
Arts Council England
Holloway Charitable Trust
The Linbury Trust
Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund
Lady Rosemary Buchanan
The Dorfman Foundation
The Wigoder Family Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Grenville Turner
Clore Duffield Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
London Marathon Charitable Trust
Zachary Lewy
Justin Bickle
The Wolfson Foundation
The Buffini Chao Foundation
Carol Brigstocke

And many other generous donors and supporters.

Dance for Parkinson's class at English National Ballet's home © Photography by ASH
Dance for Parkinson's class at English National Ballet's home © Photography by ASH