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The ROH does have a 1982 extension

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Having had the privilege of working with Edmund Ward I would like to add to your note about the Royal Opera House (Astragal, aj 16.4.98) which omits to mention that gmw did complete the first phase of the construction in 1982.

You state: 'Needless to say it, [the 'kinky' architecture] never went ahead.' However a major extension to the Royal Opera House was completed in 1982. This extension formed completely new opera and ballet rehearsal studios, dressing rooms and other facilities. It was completed on time, on budget and meant vast improvement to the backstage activities. This was the first phase of gmw Partnership's overall masterplan for site.

It was a major achievement to create a large new building in one of London's most central and sensitive areas.

Extended in the style of E M Barry, it is a mark of gmw's considerable success that this extension to a Grade I-listed building has been so successfully absorbed into the environment that passers-by assume that it is a part of the original opera house. Much time and skill were devoted by the partnership, over a number of years, to the masterplan, and the completion of the first phase is, among his other achievements, a fitting tribute to Edmund Ward.

JOHN D W BEVAN

gmw, London W8

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