Artists rendering of the Music Box

Case Study / Waterproofing 

The Music Box, London

Waterproofing a new build basement music venue, London

Artists rendering of The Music Box completed
Artists rendering of The Music Box completed

MacLennan were contracted by Wilmott Dixon to design, supply and install a waterproofing system for the striking new LCCM campus, The Music Box. LCCM is a specialist higher education college offering courses in music and technology.

The Music Box contains four floors of rehearsal and performance spaces, a ground floor café, basement bar and music venue.

"The Music Box is a unique and iconic development in the heart of London’s cultural centre. Through exceptional design, this groundbreaking scheme is providing a range of private and affordable homes as well as a brand new flagship headquarters for the London College of Contemporary Music. Inspirational architecture and outstanding interiors combine to create a new landmark for Southwark."

"Exceptional design is the driving force behind the Music Box development, with the London College of Contemporary Music keen to ensure its new flagship centre delivers the perfect balance of forward-thinking style and functionality."

"The development site offered limited space, so the Music Box has been carefully designed to bring as much natural light into the building as possible and create a feeling of openness throughout.
The LCCM’s new teaching and performance space features a glazed frontage, while the one, two and three-bedroom apartments above have floor-to-ceiling glazing which offer views over Westminster to the west, and The City and Shard to the east."

Quotes from Taylor Wimpey

The Music Box, London
The Music Box, London
The Music Box, London
The Music Box, London


MacLennan designed a Waterproofing system utilising cavity drain membrane. The Waterproofing system was installed to internal Walls by MacLennan's fully trained and NVQ qualified technicians. The cavity drain system is a water management system. It is the most effective and reliable form of Waterproofing in most situations.

Once the system is in place, water within the structure will run into a channel and be removed by a specially design sump/pump system.


The work was carried by MacLennan in the agreed time frames and was guaranteed for a period of 10 years.

The design of the Waterproofing is covered by MacLennan's 10 million PI and covered by our warranty.

The Music Box, London
The Music Box, London

Quote from LCCM

"Our brand new college site, The Music Box, will open this academic year (2017/18). Based in Southwark SE1, the £35 million building offers six floors of unrivaled resources for music, writing and technology.

Our exciting 200 capacity venue will be a multi-purpose space where gigs, club nights, hack weekends, masterclasses and workshops will be held for students and the general public. Our venue has already received interest from a range of renowned music press, including WIRED, Mixmag and Resident Advisor.

The Music Box will be London’s newest creative hub; a place where bands are formed, apps developed, stories brought to life and music written."

The Music Box, London

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