Covent Garden Opera Terrace Restaurant

The project involved the sensitive upgrade of an existing restaurant facility on Covent Garden’s famed Opera Terrace within the historic Grade II*-listed Market Building.

Skelly & Couch services included detailed thermal/daylight modelling studies and MEPH design to deliver a world-class restaurant facility in the heart of Covent Garden. The designs have taken account of the elegant architectural features and requirements of both landlord and tenant, providing a robust design to ensure a sustainable future for this part of the Market Building.

The Opera Terrace, which is located at the top of the listed building and comprises c. 9,000 sq ft including a balcony, is uniquely positioned with striking rooftop views across the Piazza. A bold and contemporary renovation of the site will see the existing conservatory replaced with a new design, creating an inspiring addition to the Market Building.

Significant co-ordination has taken place between various projects as part of the overall masterplan to facilitate ongoing improvements and future developments. This is with the goal of improving energy efficiency and serviceability of all fixed building services across the Market Building while minimising disturbances to historic features or building fabric.

The site-wide masterplan element has involved energy analysis and feasibility studies to reduce the carbon footprint of the iconic landmark, while improving comfort, functionality and lettable value; all within the constraints of the existing building.

Shortlisted for two AJ Retrofit Awards 2019 (Hotel, Retail and Leisure / Listed Building £5 million and over).