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Demountable steel opera pavilion gets go ahead

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The new home for the renowned Garsington Opera festival will be a demountable steel pavilion at the Wormsley Estate, the Buckinghamshire home of the Getty family.


The pavilion will be erected and demounted each year for the opera season, and will be made from a combination of steelwork, timber and fabric.


Robin Snell, Director of Snell Associates Architects said: “The design takes its cue from a traditional Japanese pavilion in its use of sliding screens, extended platforms, verandas and bridges to link it to the landscape.


“By using the materials we’ve chosen, the pavilion will be a lightweight structure, erectable in three weeks and also easily demounted for storage when it’s not in use.”


Having just received planning permission for the structure, main contractor Unusual Rigging, the UK’s most experienced provider of stage engineering and technical solutions for entertainment and sports venues, has not yet contracted any subcontractors.


Earlier this year Garsington Opera reached agreement with Mark Getty to hold the festival at the Wormsley Estate from the summer of 2011.


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