Conamar secures contract for arts and rehearsal building in UK

WCN Editorial Team 12 May 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Conamar has received a contract for a new £11m arts and rehearsal building for Garsington Opera, at Wormsley, in rural Buckinghamshire, the UK. 

The building is currently undergoing the next stage of design development and procurement of sub-contractors.

Works on the project will commence on site in June. 

The Arts and Performance venue will be set within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and replace disused agricultural buildings. 

The new buildings will feature materials typical of the Chilterns vernacular such as brick and flint walls, dark stained weatherboarding and plain clay roof tiles. They will also have green roof besides performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, recording studios, wardrobe workshops and catering areas that blend into the environment.

Garsington Opera executive director Nicola Creed said, “We are very excited to be launching this project, which gives us the opportunity to improve the quality and efficiency of our opera productions, broaden our provision to the local community, and deepen the impact for all participants as well as assisting with our aim to become more sustainable.’

Conamar managing director Neil Dower stated: “We are delighted to have secured this project and look forward to a smooth delivery. The project represents the eclectic mix of works that our project teams really enjoy getting involved with, and the type of challenge in which Conamar come to the fore to deliver opening dates for our clients”.

BCR Infinity Architects will lead the design team and work alongside NBW, which is the schemes concept architects retained by the client.

Civil and structural engineering will be done by Momentum Consulting who have worked with both the Opera and Conamar earlier. Fire engineering and acoustics will be provided by BB7 and AWN Acoustics.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image:The Arts and Performance venue is a new build, set within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Credit: Conomar

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