The Wetherby Arts School at Olympia

12 October 2022

The Wetherby Arts BRIT School Olympia

More exciting news for London’s cultural landmark – Olympia.

Launching in 2025, The Alpha Plus Group will be opening The Wetherby Arts School at Olympia – a 60,000 sq ft new performing arts and educational senior school. The school will also provide various educational, creative and cultural opportunities for the local community as part of a unique partnership with the BRIT School.

John Hitchcox, Chairman of Yoo Capital said: “Our aim is to build a hub of creativity that encompasses all the arts at Olympia and that’s why we’re so excited to announce this agreement with the Alpha Plus Group. Not only will this bring a world class school to Olympia, but Wetherby’s partnership with the BRIT School will also provide local children with a crucial introduction to the creative industries, inspiring the next Adele, Jesse Jay or Tom Holland. We’re committed to making Olympia a place where arts and culture thrive and by bringing together these leading arts institutions – as well as announcing London’s first major theatre outside of the West End since the 1970s – Yoo Capital is doing just that.”




Lloyd Lee, Managing Partner at Yoo Capital said: “Our vision for Olympia has always been to create a world class cultural hub in West London, and that begins with investing in local, grass roots talent. Three years ago, we made a firm commitment to this ideal of building from ground up a unique public private partnership with Alpha Plus and BRIT to create this school for the arts. With the Council’s welcome support in sharing this vision, we believe this has potential to become a new model for how our firm can continue to invest into London communities in ways that are both socially responsible and fiscally responsible.”

The £1.3bn redevelopment of Olympia – which will be completed in 2025 – includes a 4,400 capacity live music venue manged by AEG Presents; a 1,575-seat performing arts theatre for Trafalgar Entertainment; 100,000 sq ft of restaurants, bars and eateries; two globally renowned hotels – a Hyatt Regency and citizenM; 550,000 sq ft of offices and 2.5 acres of new public realm.