The English National Ballet has chosen Harlequin Floors to supply dance flooring for its new venue in London City Island. 
The new location opened its doors last night (September 12).
The building has been designed by architects, Glenn Howells Architects and combines top training, fitness, rehab and teaching facilities, seven stage-sized rehearsal studios and a theatre-size production studio with five-storey fly tower.
With funding from the Arts Council England’s Capital Large Grants programme and the National Lottery, the £3 million investment brings both the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School together under one roof for the first time.
Harlequin installed more than 1,900 square metres of Harlequin Activity sprung floor and Harlequin Cascade vinyl surface and 200 square metres of Harlequin Standfast vinyl performance surface. An additional set of Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panels were also supplied for touring use. 
Melissa Chapman, group marketing manager at Harlequin Floors, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the English National Ballet to supply and install our world-class performance floors in their new home.
“For over 40 years Harlequin has worked closely with the dance community and experts in biomechanics to develop a range of sprung and vinyl performance floors designed to meet the unique needs of dancers.  
“Our range of performance flooring helps to provide an optimal environment for dancers to perform, safe in the knowledge that the floor they are using for so many hours a day is the result of extensive research into reducing dancer injury.  
“Harlequin Activity is the preferred sprung dance floor for some of the world’s most prestigious dance and performing arts schools, and is the ideal choice for the English National Ballet’s new home.”