New Arts School - Hackney

News at Stirling Ackroyd | 01/05/2019

On behalf of a private landlord Stirling Ackroyd have successfully let the ground floor retail unit along with the first and second floor commercial space at 1 Lower Clapton Road, E5. The upper floor premises had been refurbished from dilapidated space into several small office suites totaling 2700 sq ft. 

Upon initial inspection Lucy Stephens advised the client the premises were well suited to alternative users such as D1 medical/therapy and as such the decision was made to advertise the premises as suitable for D1 use subject to planning. 

One viewing later and terms were agreed with a European arts school to take the entire premises including the ground floor retail shop. A painful but ultimately successful application change of use followed, despite the planners initial resistance they granted the consent and the lease completed in April 2019. Both the client and tenant were extremely patient during this process and we would like to thank them both for their close co-operation throughout these negotiations. 

The school will operate as Hackney Rhapsody – Performing Arts Centre and Music Studios will is due to open at the end of May 2019. Find then on Facebook and Instagram under Hackney Rhapsody and online at

Testimonal from the tenant

We have had quite a journey with this property indeed. We are over the moon with the location and its layout. The potential is definitely there and I’m so glad you helped us see it. It’s the perfect property for our Performing Arts Centre. 

We are now hoping for an end of May opening and are preparing the property, staff and projects to follow. 

We would like to thank you for your help and for your input in this process and we would love to have you present at our opening event.

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