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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Royal Opera House in Essex, England by Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

 
January 9th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Nicholas Hare Architects LLP were appointed by the Royal Opera House in 2007 to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex to RIBA stage D, and have been retained by the Royal Opera House to monitor the construction of the building during the design and build procurement process. The new building accommodates a large paint-shop for vertical and horizontal scene-painting as well as carpentry and metal workshops.

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
  • Project: Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop
  • Location: Essex, England
  • Photography: Hufton + Crow 
  • CLIENT: Royal Opera House 
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Planning Supervisor: Butler & Young (Building Control)
  • Main Contractor: McLaren Construction
  • Start on Site Date: October 2009
  • Date of Completion: November 2010
  • Gross Internal Floor Area (m2): 4,300m2
  • Total Cost: £6m
  • Annual CO2 Emissions: 39.8 kgCO2/m2/annum
  • Form of Contract and/or Procurement: Design & Build
  • Software used: NHA used Vectorworks and SketchUp for the 2D and 3D architectural software. The structural engineer and MEP engineers had their own software.

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

The vaulted building form is designed to allow fully assembled scenery to be seen as it will on stage, and incorporates continuous rooflights set between the deep primary structural truss members to provide even daylight with reduced glare. The building has a strong presence on the site and provides a focus at the heart of the new production campus

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

The workshop was shortlisted for the New London Architecture Award in 2011 and the Production Campus was named Project of the Year and won the Regeneration award at the 2011 RICS East of England awards.

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

The scheme recently received the RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Award for its \”dedication to light and to the craft of making\”.\”The workshop has exceeded all our expectations as a work place and is the envy of other Opera Houses around the world. It has totally transformed the way we build and paint our scenery.\”  David Pritchard, Head of Production, Royal Opera House

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Image Courtesy Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

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