Opera Terrace

Design of a modern, signature structure and external facade, sensitively integrated on the East Terrace of the Grade II* Listed Covent Garden Market.

Images: Grant Smith,  Eckersley O'Callaghan

Covent Garden, London


Eric Parry Architects



Covent Garden Market is one of the most famous historic public buildings in Central London. It was saved in the 1970s, a pivotal event in the late twentieth century conservation movement.


We are providing structural and facade engineering services in a number of areas of the building. The most significant and high profile is on the Opera Terrace where a 1980s structure is being replaced with a new contemporary glazed space 50m long to create a fine dining restaurant.

We carried out a careful examination of the historic fabric, supported on granite columns and cast iron beams, in order to justify the loads of the new structure and to create new circulation and back of house facilities with integrated services.

A new steel deck was designed to span with minimal depth above the existing york stone terrace. The main space has an exposed stainless steel trussed frame of complex geometry to deal with a building section which varies throughout its length. The trusses are bead blasted and electropolished. There are complex interfaces with the existing historic fabric throughout.

As well as the primary structure, we advised on the specification of all glazing elements including coatings and external shading required to deal with solar gain, and this included the bespoke opening door systems and the entire secondary support and weatherproofing system. The glazing specification also had to deal with areas of double curved and laminated insulated glazing units for the stepping geometry of the envelope.

Opera Terrace

Covent Garden





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