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Theatre college unveiled as buyer of derelict of Sidcup baths

PUBLISHED: 16:32 06 March 2012

The former Lamorbey Baths

The former Lamorbey Baths

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A derelict swimming baths in Sidcup is getting a new lease of life as accommodation for theatre and dance students.

The Sidcup based Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance bought the former Lamorbey Baths and cinema on Station Road at an auction.

The building went under the hammer for £750,000 at the sale run by Clive Emson auctioneers at Kent County Showground in Maidstone.

The front of the 1934 building once housed a cinema whilst the rear housed the 1965 Lamorbey Swimming Baths. The building has since been demolished but the historic facade was kept.

It will be transformed into student accommodation and amenities centre if the college wins planning permission.

Professor Michael Earley, principal and chief executive of the college said: “We have been in discussions with the London Borough of Bexley for over two years about how the College could acquire and develop this strategically important site to enhance the work that the College does with its students. With other developments under way on Sidcup High Street and on Station Road, we feel this is an opportune time to extend the resources of the College and demonstrate our commitment to the rejuvenation of Sidcup.”

The chairman of the governors Rodney Gent said: “The acquisition of this site, close to the rail station and with the modern accommodation intended, will enable the College to attract summer schools to the campus, providing valuable income to the college and ensuring the college’s excellent facilities are fully utilised.”

The college which is based in Lamorbey Park in Sidcup offers courses to 900 students on full and part time courses and students present more than 75 productions annually at the college and at London theatres. It is celebrating its diamond jubilee.

Famous alumni include Oscar nominated Gary Oldman who impressed cinema goers with his role as spy George Smiley in the adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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