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Opera building wins sixth award

When Garsington Opera had to find new premises, many feared it would end up in a shed. Not so. The new pavilion is drawing gasps and gongs from the architecture profession. See below.

 (c) Mike Hoban/Garsington Opera, press use only




The Garsington Opera Pavilion has won the prestigious British Construction Industry Award for the best new building under £3 million, given at the 25th anniversary BCIA dinner held at Grosvenor House on 10 October 2012.


This marks the sixth award to be received (others were the RIBA Award, for  architectural excellence;  the RIBA South Client of the Year Award; the RIBA South Building of the Year Award; the Galvanisers’ Design Engineering Award and the Structural Steel Design Commendation).


Anthony Whitworth-Jones, General Director of Garsington Opera,  said:

We are delighted that our new Opera Pavilion has been so widely recognized; Snell Associates, Unusual Rigging, Sound Space Design and all the team have done a superb job. The judges recognized that the concept and delivery of the structure achieved an inspiring building that pushes conventional boundaries of design, construction and procurement in so many ways.


In under a year, funds were raised, designs developed, planning permission granted and construction completed for the opening of Garsington Opera at Wormsley on 2 June 2011.”


12 October 2012

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