Glyndebourne has been granted planning permission to build a new production hub.
It will be the organisation’s biggest capital investment since the rebuilding of its world-class opera house in 1994.
In addition to housing technical workspace, the building will contain three music practice rooms and an extra rehearsal space. Nicholas Hare Architects have been appointed to the project.
The new hub will enable Glyndebourne to sustain its competitive edge, providing state of the art facilities that support the company’s high artistic standards and help it attract and retain creative staff.
The building will also improve the organisation’s environmental footprint, with a design that gives careful consideration to environmental factors. The development is being designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent standard for sustainable development.
In addition, the hub will enhance the visitor experience through the addition of an attractive new building that offers greater potential for running tours of backstage departments.
A targeted fundraising effort will seek to raise the money for the project, underwritten by reserves that have been built up in recent years for this purpose.
Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne said: ‘In order to achieve the high standards we set for ourselves, we employ some of the best practitioners in the arts of wig-making, prop-making, carpentry, costume and tailoring. There has been little investment in the workspaces occupied by some of these technical production areas and we are reaching a point where this could potentially compromise standards if no action was taken. Our plan to build a new, state-of-the-art production hub will address this challenge by uniting our making departments under one roof and giving 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.’