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The Rugby Portabello Trust refurbishes North Kensington’s Amplify Studios for local community

The studios form part of a two-phase project to provide the local community with a safe place to explore music

Amplify Studios’ Studio One

The Rugby Portabello Trust in North Kensington launched its newly refurbished music recording facilities, Amplify Studios, earlier this month. 

Veale Associates, in collaboration with Academia Creative, aided the charity in the refurbishment with an ambition to help revive North Kensington’s music scene and empower young people through art, music, and entrepreneurship. The studios form part of a two-phase project to provide the local community with a safe place to explore music, nurture their passions and gain industry skills and opportunities.  

As part of the refurbishment and first phase of the project, the existing vocal booth and mac lab was overhauled with a complete redesign, new acoustic treatments, and audio equipment. A new control and mix studio was also implemented, which doubles up as a wellbeing suite. 

“It was critical for us to work with the young people who use the facilities, to understand what drives them and what will inspire them so the facilities would be a place they will be proud of and would want to be,” said Eloise Veale, Veale Associates’ creative director.

The development is part of the Rugby Portobello Trust’s programme to enrich and expand horizons for children and young people in North Kensington. The Trust has seen many successful artists through its doors over the years, including a young Rita Ora, AJ Tracey, and Big Zuu.

Amplify Studios will provide its existing users as well as new with professional studios in which to create music and gain industry experience, supporting RPT’s ethos of being a safe haven for young people to develop their strengths and creativity. 

“The project proved to be a significant success due to its timeline. Most projects of this kind have a minimum lead time of four months for design and install and VA only had six weeks due to the nature of the programme,” said Eddie Veale, Veale Associates’ head consultant. “All acoustic projects are different, and this one presented the particular challenge of designing a set of studios to a very tight programme. We are thrilled to be part of this project supporting the Rugby Portobello Trust to meet their aspirations for the community of North Kensington.” 

“Veale Associates has transformed our studio spaces. The team has done an amazing job and every detail has been designed around the young people’s ideas without compromising the quality of the sound. Already the feedback has been fantastic: our young people can’t wait to get in there and start making their own music,” concluded Mark Simms, CEO of the Rugby Portobello Trust.