The Bob & Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre has been designed by Nicholas Hare Architects and is scheduled to open in September 2015. It will house more than 20,000 costumes for Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions in climate-controlled conditions, including costumes dating back to the 19th century.
The centre will also include facilities for the making and refurbishing of costumes. It will be part of the High House Production Park, a hub for creative industries in the area, providing development and training in backstage roles.
Royal Opera House chief executive Alex Beard said: “Interserve demonstrated an ability to quickly understand our requirements for a practical building that achieves excellent environmental standards.”
The building has been designed to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘excellent’ rating.