Nicholas Hare Architects 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 in Essex. The building has a strong presence on the site and provides a focus at the heart of the new production campus. It was finished in 2010 and accommodates a large paint-shop for vertical and horizontal scene-painting as well as carpentry and metal workshops.
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 Production Campus won Project of the Year and the Regeneration award at the 2011 RICS East of England awards and the building won the RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Award for its "dedication to light and to the craft of making". The workshop was shortlisted for a New London Award and recieved a 'Commendation' at the Civic Trust Awards in 2013.
"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