The history of The Space

Built in 2010, to accommodate the Music and Drama departments of Sevenoaks School and inspired by Snape Maltings and the Barbican, The Space is a performing arts centre for the school and the surrounding community.

Already hosting the Sevenoaks Summer Festival finales since 2010, The Space has welcomed a diverse set of artists including The Sixteen, Sir Willard White, Joe Stilgoe, clarinettist Emma Johnson, the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, guitarist John Williams, Voces8, the Sacconi Quartet, comedian Mark Thomson, and a range of authors and speakers including Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Charlie Higson, Professor Sir Jonathan Bate, AC Grayling, Peter Hennessy, Maggie Philbin, Professor Chris Stringer, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and Adam Boulton.

Largely built from natural materials, the building uses the latest sustainable technologies and is naturally ventilated, with ground water cooling. The building has solar water heating and all spaces feature daylight and automatic lighting controls. Large windows and the many views from space to space give the building excitement and vitality.

The Sackville Theatre was designed by Roderick Ham and opened in 1981 by Sir Ralph Richardson. It built as a performance space for Sevenoaks School, which boasts a strong tradition of school theatre productions dating back to the nineteenth century. In 2010 it was renovated and incorporated into The Space.

The Space has won numerous awards: the Commercial & Public Access category in the 2010 Wood Awards, Best Education Building in the 2010 Brick Awards, and an RIBA Award (South East Region) in 2011. It was nominated for the Kent Design Award 2012 for Best Public Building. 

Photo: Christian Richters