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Stanton Williams gets go-ahead for Royal Opera House revamp

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Stanton Williams has won planning for its overhaul of the world-famous Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden

The scheme forms part of the Opera House’s ‘Open Up’ project which involves improving the Grade I-listed building’s entrances and public spaces.

The proposals create a new glazed entrance to the building on Bow Street and also includes spaces for exhibitions, education, special events, digital interaction and a revamped bar and restaurant.

The project, which is expected to cost £37 million, will also upgrade the opera house’s second theatre – the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Stanton Williams was chosen to work on the job ahead of Stirling Prize winners Witherford Watson Mann back in February 2013.

Amanda Levete, Caruso St John, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, and Heatherwick Studio were originally shortlisted in the six-month long competition.

Alan Stanton, director at Stanton Williams said: ‘The Open Up project’s principal objective is to transform the public’s experience of the Royal Opera House at its Covent Garden home.

‘We want to bring a sense of the magic that is created each night on stage to the open public spaces for all to enjoy. We’re delighted that the project can now move forward.’

Work is due to start before the end of the year and complete in late 2017.


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