Nevill Holt Opera’s new building has won the RIBA Stirling Prize people’s vote.
The award, in which the general public votes online for their favourite building on the Stirling Prize shortlist, runs alongside the main prize, won this year by Norwich housing development Goldsmith Street.
Nevill Holt has been named people’s vote champion, winning 29% of the vote.
Its 400-seat Leicestershire theatre is the only opera house ever to be shortlisted for the annual Stirling Prize, regarded as architecture’s highest accolade.
The building, housed in a 17th-century stable block, was designed by architects Witherford Watson Mann and theatre designers Sound Space Vision.
It is the first time the Nevill Holt Opera festival has had a permanent home – its shows were previously staged shows in a temporary theatre in the grounds of Nevill Holt Hall.
In a joint statement, artistic director Nicholas Chalmers and managing director Rosenna East said: “We are thrilled to win the popular vote for the Stirling Prize 2019. Our new theatre has enabled us to provide uplifting and inspiring musical experiences to thousands of audiences and young people this year alone.
“While bringing new life to a historic building, the new facilities has had a real impact on all of the students, artists and audiences for whom it was designed.”
Six buildings were shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. In addition to Nevill Holt and winner Goldsmith Street, they were the redeveloped London Bridge Station, the Weston visitor centre at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Macallan Distillery and visitor centre in Craigellachie and Cork House in Berkshire.