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Stanton Williams triumph in Royal Opera House revamp comp

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Stirling Prize-winner Stanton Williams has beaten Witherford Watson Mann in the contest to overhaul the world famous Royal Opera House in London

Stanton Williams has been chosen to carry out a feasibility study for the Opera House’s ‘Open Up’ project which involves improving the Grade I-listed building’s entrances and public spaces.

The result is the culmination of a competition process lasting more than 6 months. Seven practices including Amanda Levete, Caruso St John, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, and Heatherwick Studio were originally shortlisted before being narrowed down to the two finalists; Witherford Watson Mann and Stanton Williams.

Simon Robey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House, said: ‘Stanton Williams have demonstrated a clear vision for what the next evolution of our building can achieve showing sensitivity, skill and creativity.  There is such potential to open our building to wider audiences throughout the day and we look forward to working in partnership with Stanton Williams to develop these plans over the next few months.’

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