At ICMP, we’re thrilled to announce bold plans for a new three-year £3 million development project to transform the site of the long-since-closed Corrib Rest public house in Queen’s Park. The plans are to create a state-of-the-art facility supporting ICMP’s expansion into studio engineering, post-production and composing music for film, TV and games.

avid-desk-london-music-school.jpgThe addition of the site represents a growth of ICMP’s estates by over 60% and the completed refurbished space will feature several new studios, including multisensory and mastering environments, post-production facilities, tracking suites and a live venue with cinema, alongside classrooms and technology suites.

The space will include a small refectory and will be designed to be student-centric, with an improved sense of flow and community to encourage collaborative opportunities among students.

Paul Kirkham, ICMP’s Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the project, stating that the work will provide a stable future for both the school and its students:

This is an exciting time for the creative industries and, in particular, music creation and production. This project indicates ICMP’s desire to develop world-class resources and associated courses that will help our students continue to shape the future of music.”

The site will be developed over a three-year timeframe, expanding the available space within the site as the provision grows.

Phase one of the building will be fully operational for students at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.


Guided by environmental considerations

The renovation will be guided by environmental considerations, including the use of eco-friendly suppliers, underlining ICMP’s commitment to being an environmentally aware institution.

A Hub of local life

The Corrib Rest held a unique place in the local community as the centre of many different local events and activities. ICMP will continue this tradition through a community-use agreement and management committee who will be charged with managing events to ensure ICMP becomes a hub of local life. The monetary impact of ICMP coming to Queen’s Park can’t be overlooked either; official figures predict that the site will inject approximately £4 million annually into the local economy.

ICMP is delighted to become an active part of the Queen’s Park creative environment and looks forward to helping progress the future music career plans of our highly talented students.

For more information on ICMP’s campus development, contact 020 7328 0222 or email

Example of a recent ICMP development in Acton

The video below demonstrates a similar project we recently completed in Acton, albeit on a smaller scale, creating three additional studio spaces for our students.

Design and change of use

ICMP is in the process of applying for a change of use planning application and, as such, has drafted the layout plans below.

Entrance: We’re proposing that the main access to the site is relocated from the corner of Hopefield Avenue to the entrance facing Salusbury Road. We’ve also proposed to set the entrance back and fit a ramp to ensure access for people with disability.

Bin store: We’re proposing that the bin store at Hopefield Avenue is relocated to the enclosed area at the rear (i.e. not accessible to the public). This may also reduce the incidence of occasional fly tipping.

External façade: We’re not proposing significant changes to the facade, although we will, of course, repaint and repair brick work and replace windows in due course.

Roof line: In order to accommodate a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant lift within the building and extend the main staircase to the second floor, we’re requesting that a dormer extension is undertaken to the rear of the building. The elevation to Hopefield Avenue and Salusbury Roads will not be altered significantly.

Moving away from carbon energy: The changing roof line will also allow us to accommodate additional plant to the roof. This is required to help decrease reliance on the use of fossil fuels and move towards modern heating and ventilations systems. The plant areas will be screened for sound control and won’t be visible from the street. 

View Proposed Drawings