Glyndebourne Production Hub

The new Production Hub is Glyndebourne's biggest capital development since the rebuilding of its opera house in 1994.

The new building creates an excellent environment for those who make props, scenery and costumes. It brings together under one roof all of the technical departments, creating the workspace needed to mount its productions. It also includes a rehearsal space and new music practice rooms.

The design places a double-height assembly workshop at the centre of the building and ranges the other spaces around it. This arrangement gives a strong sense of internal identity to the building and makes it easy for everyone to orientate themselves within it.

The project is featured in the recent Workplaces edition of the AJ.

Our plan to build a new, state-of-the-art production hub will unite our making departments under one roof and give them world-class facilities in which to work. Not only will this help us achieve the highest possible artistic standards, but it will also ensure we continue to attract the best expert staff.
Gus Christie, Executive Chairman, Glyndebourne Productions

The heavier props and carpentry departments are placed on the ground floor, with the costume department and rehearsal room above. These are separated from the central space by glazing, which will reinforce the sense of a shared identity, while offering an ideal route for visitors' tours to look down into the props and carpentry workshops as well as into those of the costume department.

The tea-room on the first floor will bring together all those in the building. It has a large window facing towards the theatre and the landscape beyond. The building will uphold Glyndebourne's high environmental credentials and achieve an 'Excellent' BREEAM rating. Its exterior will be clad in dark-stained timber.

Our Team

  • Nicholas Hare
  • Rocio Anos
  • Carol King

Project Team

  • Client: Glyndebourne Productions
  • Structural Engineer: Integral Engineering Design
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham
  • Cost Consultants: F.T. Allen
  • Fire Consultant: Lawrence Webster Forrest
  • Planning Consultant: South Downs National Park Authority
  • Landscape: Glyndebourne Productions Ltd
  • Acoustics: Max Fordham
  • CDM: Bureau Veritas
  • BREEAM assessor: Eight Associates
  • Ecology: Urban Edge Environmental Consulting
  • Contractor: Sunninghill Construction
  • Photography: Graham Carlow