Architects: Associated Architects with LDN Architects
Opened in April 2002
In 2001 the Jerwood Foundation made a grant of £200,000 towards Birmingham Royal Ballet's dance injuries centre, part of the refurbishment, rebuilding and extension of the Birmingham Hippodrome. The Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries, the first centre of its kind in the UK and currently the leading organisation in the field of dance medicine, was opened on 29 April 2002 by HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Centre concentrates on preventative as well and rehabilitative work. Facilities include a bespoke hydrotherapy pool, physiotherapy rooms, a Pilates studio and a body conditioning room. It is building up some of the most advanced technical equipment for treating dance and sports injuries and assessing dancers' fitness. The Centre also conducts research into the study of dance injury. The long term benefits to dancers at Birmingham Royal Ballet and beyond will be invaluable, improving dancers' fitness and stamina, and enabling them to take on increasingly demanding work and sustain longer careers.
Additionally the Jerwood Charitable Foundation supports the Dancer's Health Programme. You can find out more here.
Birmingham Royal Ballet
The ballet company founded by Ninette de Valois in London was relocated and renamed a number of times before finally settling in Birmingham and changing its name to Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990. The company performs at the Birmingham Hippodrome which underwent an extensive refurbishment, rebuilding and extension programme to mark its centenary and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Entertainment and Chinese Quarter of the city in 2001.
Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries © Associated Architects with LDN Architects