Creating a centre of excellence in the centre of Purfleet
In 2010, the gates will open on the brand new, state-of-the-art, Royal Opera House Production Park on a 14-acre site at High House Farm, Purfleet. This will be the UK’s first ever national centre of excellence for technical skills, crafts and production for the performing arts and live music. It will house a world-class production facility for the Royal Opera House and the new National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills, as well as workspaces for creative enterprises. Community, education, exhibition and meeting spaces will be located in the restored, Grade II listed High House Farm buildings that are at the heart of the development. This unique combination will make the Production Park a magnet for related companies, organisations and talented individuals.
The Royal Opera House Production Park will act as a focus and catalyst for the skills that it hosts by providing training, education, business and community spaces for the local area. The neglected, Grade II listed farm buildings of High House will be restored to their former glory and returned to daily use. Features including a one acre walled garden and play space which will provide a fantastic environment for workers, visitors and local people to enjoy.
The Royal Opera House Production Park is a unique partnership between the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills, the East of England Development Agency, Royal Opera House and Thurrock Council.