Interior architecture and design agency, align, has worked with Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons on Omeara – an exciting new 350-capacity live music venue, bar and performance space in Flat Iron Square in London’s Borough.
"I’ve been playing and putting on shows in London for my entire adult life," comments Ben Lovett. "Without the grass-roots music venues in this city, the band and I simply wouldn’t have achieved what we have, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Over the last few years, London has lost so many of its brilliant music establishments and I want to do what I can to try and reverse that decline."
Omeara is being run by operating company Omeara London, together with independent record and live promotions label Communion, both of which are owned and managed by musician Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, who has personally overseen the project.
The new 9,000 square foot venue, featuring a music venue, a separate live performance area, four bars, a green room, two artist dressing rooms and a roof garden, is part of a new, larger development called The Low Line, comprised of a pedestrian walkway, lined with common spaces and local businesses, based within and alongside redeveloped railway arches that link Waterloo to London Bridge.
"What’s particularly great about this project is that the interconnected arches create opportunities for drama and zoning whilst still functioning as an overall venue." comments Nigel Tresise of align on the interior. "Not only are all public areas fully accessible, but full thought and care has been given to the whole suite of facilities, from the new-build courtyard block at the front, where the box office, toilets, merchandising closet and roof garden are located, to the mezzanine ‘green room’ artists’ area.
"There’s no comparison between this and the typical pub-basement type small venues you usually find in London. Ben is not only a very hands-on client, but also has a great eye for detail and has really put a lot of time and consideration into every aspect of the venue."
Omeara has won the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, championing the #Londonisopen campaign in support of creative industries. "Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities, and this includes supporting grassroots music venues." he says.
"These venues, which are the lifeblood of our music scene, are often under threat, so I’m delighted to see Ben Lovett opening an exciting new destination for live music fans. I know Omeara will be a massive success, helping fresh new talent to make their mark in the capital, and have their music heard. This type of initiative is exactly what the capital needs."
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