NEW OPERA HOUSE
Planning and listed building applications were made by the Rural Solutions team resulting in an award winning new and permanent opera house at a country estate in Leicestershire.
The result is the creation of an outstanding new space within a Grade II* listed stable block enabling the opera festival to thrive and benefit the local visitor economy. The existing opera company have also forged close links with schools across the East Midlands and have worked with 1,500 school children to introduce them to opera.
The new auditorium has an orchestra pit, stage and balcony enabling the acoustics to be significantly improved. The internal walls of the courtyard have been uncovered. The scheme will safeguard 40 full and part time jobs as the length of the opera season can be doubled due to the new building.
Architect – Witherford Watson Mann