Award-winning choreographer opens studio thanks to legal advice from Cripps

28 April, 2017
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

One of the country’s leading choreographers has established a new studio in the grounds of the Olympic park, with the help of legal advice from regional law firm Cripps.

Wayne McGregor CBE, who is resident choreographer at The Royal Ballet, opened the new creative space which includes two of London’s largest dance studios, following four years of pro bono work and support from the Cripps real estate team.

Cripps partner Kate Robinson, who led the work, said: “It was a pleasure to be a part of this exciting initiative, representing Studio Wayne McGregor by negotiating all aspects of the lease. This included coming to an agreement to address the resonance issues that emanate from constructing three stacked dance studios within an existing multi-occupied building.”

Part-funded by Arts Council England, the studio is based at Here East and is part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park major regeneration project.

Jen McLachlan, capital project director at Studio Wayne McGregor, said: “As a small charity this was the largest project we had ever delivered and the first property negotiations we had ever undertaken. Despite complex negotiations with the developer, Cripps steered us calmly and efficiently, helping us secure the best possible legal position for our project.

“The launch of our new state-of-the-art studio benefits not only our company but also the wider cultural sector.”