Bedrooms for Ballerinas and a new HQ for the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea

Posted 25 March 2020 by Katie Sakka

Developer Avanton has launched a new dance-inspired show home and First Time Buyer apartments at Coda in Battersea, a £260 million (GDV) mixed-use development providing 130 private sale apartments, 24-hour concierge, hotel-style foyer, club lounge, gymnasium, landscaped gardens, and a new global headquarters for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) with state-of-the-art facilities to enable them to meet the growing demands for high-quality dance education, to strengthen their ties with the local community and to expand their commitment to dance teacher training internationally.

Located on a large 2.1-acre island site between York Road and York Place, moments from the River Thames, Coda is designed by Pankaj Patel MBE of multi-award-winning practice Patel Taylor, a leader in Thameside architecture. Three striking apartment buildings sit on a raised podium above the RAD facilities on the ground floor, with the podium roof providing landscaped residents’ gardens designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal-winner Exterior Architecture.

The 24 storey, 90 metres tall, central residential tower is known as Coda and provides 130 private sale studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments and penthouses. Inspired by Battersea’s Victorian mansion blocks, the two buildings on either side of the tower are six and 11 storeys and provide 169 homes for PRS Apartments to be managed by A2Dominion. 

The new show apartment, designed by London Design Group, is inspired by the movement, form, creativity and energy associated with dance.The stylish two bedroom apartment is 790 sq. ft. in size with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony. Throughout the show apartment the inspiration of dance is embraced including the choice of organic shapes of accessories such as mirrors and vases to mimic movement, as well as a colour palette of deep teal, blush pinks and bronze highlights reflecting the detailed costumes worn by ballet dancers.  

Coda showhome master bedroom                                

Coda showhome kitchen

The warm open-plan kitchen and living area offers excellent space for entertaining guests, the Poggenpohl kitchen features Corian worktops, integrated Siemens appliances, engineered timber flooring, and a dining area. The master bedroom suite has a contemporary Poliform wardrobe and en suite bathroom, all beautifully dressed with dance-inspired colours and expressive ballet-themed artwork. There is a second bedroom and family bathroom with a bathtub. Both the master bedroom and living area lead onto the private balcony.

Coda showhome living area

Coda is designed as a new landmark building for the Battersea skyline, with the floors of the central tower arranged as a series of folding terraces rising skywards. The innovative design provides each floor’s principal apartments with ‘penthouse style’ qualities including dual-aspect wrap-around terraces and feature bay windows with extensive views. Every home has a private balcony or terrace with substantial use of glazing to maximise natural light and the scheme’s outstanding views from the upper floors. There are less apartments on each floor as the tower rises, giving even greater exclusivity to the upper floor apartments and penthouses.

Coda exterior

The North facing homes provide dual-aspect views over The Thames; the East and West facing homes provide feature bay windows and views over the communal landscaped gardens; and the South facing homes provide views towards The City, Canary Wharf and South London. The tower’s façade is composed of glass and special textured aluminium cladding that looks like stone, with glass and metal balustrades and composite timber decking to each balcony.

The residential entrance to Coda is at York Place through a grand entrance lobby with 4.5 metre high ceilings, a statement pendant light feature, industrial-style Crittal doors and slab flooring inlaid with bronze. The scale of the lobby evokes the theatricality of dance performance, with a contemporary and industrial-inspired design. Luxury amenities at Coda for residents will include access to a state-of-the-art gym, a residents’ club lounge and a 24-hour concierge.

Coda lobby

Each studio and one bedroom apartment is allocated one cycle storage space with larger apartments allocated two cycle storage spaces. The scheme will also have underground car parking spaces and a dedicated sub-station providing charging points for electric cars, as well as a car club providing two electric vehicles for residents to lease at their leisure.

Encompassing the ground floor podium is the new purpose-built global headquarters for the Royal Academy of Dance providing 64,000 sq. ft. of tailor-made space including seven dance studios, a curated dance library and archive, changing facilities and a 188-seat theatre for performances. From their new headquarters, RAD is committed to bringing the joy of dance into the lives of more people in Battersea, wider London and around the world through investing in bursaries, subsidised dance classes and delivery of wellbeing oriented projects for all ages and abilities.

Coda upper levels

Accessed from York Road, a large entrance lobby with ceiling heights of 4.5 metres will welcome the RAD’s students, teachers, partners and local residents, with the opening timed to set the stage for the RAD’s next century and will provide a new home for dance befitting a world-leading dance education and training organisation.

On the roof of the podium sit the pair of communal courtyard gardens providing 18,600 sq. ft. of outside space for relaxing and promoting well-being. Zones will be demarcated with planting and trellises, including a children’s play area, lawn areas for meditation and yoga and raised decking areas for reading with Parisian-inspired flexible furniture, recalling the elegant seating throughout Paris’ garden squares. The plants chosen are optimised for bees and pollination and to encourage residents to relax year-round.

Coda courtyard at dusk

“At Avanton we are dedicated to creating exceptional homes for Londoners and bringing together new communities in the process. Coda is our flagship scheme that embodies the expertise and craftmanship that is key to each of our developments. With our first celebrated resident the Royal Academy of Dance set to open their new global headquarters next year, Coda will become a cultural hub for the Battersea community and a new destination for young Londoners to live and thrive.”  Omer Weinberger, Managing Partner at Avanton                                                

“Coda will offer homes of an outstanding calibre in a dynamic location, ideal for Londoners who want to capitalise on the regeneration of Battersea as a sought-after place to live and work. Our show apartment embodies the creativity and musicality of dancers in a stylish way, and with our First Time Assurance Scheme we anticipate very high demand from young Londoners for these homes.” David Ronson, Sales & Marketing Director, Avanton

Coda is situated on York Road, part of the ongoing ribbon of regeneration along the River Thames in Battersea including Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms. The scheme offers residents easy access to local independent restaurants, bars and boutique shops in Battersea, Clapham and Wandsworth. Renowned Battersea Park is within 20 minutes walking distance. Coda is well situated for easy transport connections, with Clapham Junction a nine minute walk and Wandsworth Town an 11 minute walk for Overground connections.

Coda is already 60% build complete with final completion scheduled for Q4 2020. Prices at Coda for a studio start from £510,000, for a one bedroom apartment from £575,000, for a two bedroom apartment from £750,000, and for a three bedroom apartment from £1,375,000. First Time Assurance is available (please see website for more information). The show apartment at Coda is available to view by appointment only. For further information please contact the Coda joint sole agents Savills or JLL at the Coda marketing suite on Tel: 0207 924 6077 or visit

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