Nevill Holt Opera Theatre

At the corner of the cluster of buildings around Nevill Holt Hall, the long ironstone block, crenellated and pedimented, is quite grand for a stable. For a theatre, on the other hand, it is compact and intimate.

Project Summary

The construction of a new opera theatre, within the stable block of the Grade I listed Nevill Holt Hall, required a very experienced and skilful team.

Messenger was awarded the contract to construct the superstructure and manage the specialist fit out works to the new opera theatre. This was the perfect showcase, allowing the team to put to great use the in house skills of their heritage carpenters, masons, stone slate roofers and experienced project management team.

Passive Fire Protection elements included in project works.


Nevill Holt Opera


Witherford Watson Mann


52 weeks


June 2018




Winner of RIBA East Midlands Award 2019

RIBA East Midlands Conservation Award 2019

RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year 2019 and RIBA National Award 2019

Shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 and winner of the People’s Vote.



Further Reading

Ickworth House Suffolk

Further Reading

Darwin College Cambridge

Further Reading

Collyweston Stone Slating – Keeping the Skills Alive

The production of Collyweston stone slate has been taking place in the village of Collyweston for approximately 400 years. The slate is unique to the area and is of significant importance...

Further Reading

Stable Opera!

With materials including over 2,400 sheets of structural plywood and almost 25 kilometres of softwood carcassing and timber linings, the dream of a permanent opera theatre to be built within a listed stable, finally became a reality.