Established in the late 1990s by James Moores, Rochelle School is a cluster of three Victorian School buildings erected in 1895 in the heart of East London.
The former classrooms, old gymnasium and bicycle shed are now home to a thriving community of artists and creative industries housed and a world-renowned Canteen run by Arnold & Henderson.
Located on Arnold Circus in London’s East End, Rochelle occupies a key position at the heart of the Boundary Estate Conservation area. It shares a rich history with an area that was once one of London’s most notorious slums, a model of social development for Britain, and is today an artsy neighbourhood.
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Former classrooms and an old gymnasium now provide workspace studios ranging from 200 to 2000 sq ft. A meeting room and communal spaces are available for tenants and external day hire. In 2010 the open playground at roof level was converted into a contemporary 4000 sq ft office space.
Formerly an infants school, the listed building was restored in 2016 to create additional workspaces ranging from 1000 to 3500 sq ft suitable for larger creative businesses.
Occupying part of the old school playground the Rochelle Canteen is liberally praised and very much a focal point of the complex. The Rochelle Canteen not only offers outstanding food provided by Arnold & Henderson, but also acts as a crucial hub for all who pass through.
The former school playground has been landscaped to provide a lawn, outdoor eating area and vegetable allotments.