ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

WC2

Location

COVENT GARDEN

Date

1996-1999

Partner

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Architect

DIXON JONES WITH BDP

Gross Area

250,000 sq ft

Contemplating a complicated and extremely costly rebuilding programme, the Royal Opera House engaged Stanhope to assist in providing a more viable redevelopment plan.

Three months of preliminary work in partnership with the Opera House allowed us to completely re-assess the way the venue operated and identify more efficient and cost-effective methods of staging its performances.  Through this process we were also able to reduce the build programme by a year.

The redevelopment of the Grade 1-listed building created a new stage, improved acoustics and new front of house facilities, as well as providing additional seating in a completely remodelled auditorium.  Backstage facilities were upgraded, with new dressing rooms, rehearsal space and support facilities for the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera companies. The glass Floral Hall was restored and its roof was raised to allow it to be used as a reception area for the Opera House and for pre-performance food and drinks.  A brand new 420-seat studio theatre was also built beneath the side stages.