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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Evelyn Grace Academy
The Stirling Prize winning academy building by Zaha Hadid.
Location: 255 Shakespeare Road, Brixton, SE24 0QN
Description: The Evelyn Grace Academy is an ambitious secondary school in Lambeth that opened in 2008 and then moved into their award-winning building on Shakespeare Road in 2010.
The building, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, was awarded the 2011 Stirling Prize by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects. RIBA described the 37.5m academy project as a highly stylized zig-zag of steel and glass.
The architects had to accommodate four schools under a single academy umbrella.
With a relatively small location and sport as one of the academy's special subjects, they spectacularly put a 100-metre running track through the middle of the site, under a bridge between two school blocks.
The school is funded by the Department for Education and owned and operated by ARK Schools, a registered charity.
Hadid grew up in Iraq before leaving at the age of 17. She set up her own practice in London in 1980 but the academy was its first major project in the capital.