High House Production Park highly commended at Regeneration and Renewal Awards

HIGH House Production Park Limited (HHPP) was highly commended in three categories at the Regeneration and Renewal Awards event held at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 29th September 2011. The Production Park received awards for sustainability; best use of arts and culture in regeneration; and partnership working.

A total of 13 winners were selected from 55 finalists. BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason hosted this year’s awards event which focussed on regeneration projects which have improved the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of places and/or communities.

These awards follow the Production Park’s success at the RICS East of England Awards event held earlier this year. The Production Park is the UK’s first national centre of excellence for backstage technical skills, crafts and production for the performing arts and live music sectors.

The Production Park is home to the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop as well as the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills, whose new training facility will open in May 2012. The Park is located in Purfleet on the site of the 16th century High House Farm. It covers a 14 acre site and combines the use of 21st century design and construction technologies set within the historic context provided by the refurbished listed farm buildings. The Park includes a walled garden and play area and provides meeting space and conferencing facilities for community groups and businesses.

The High House Production Park is a high profile project delivered by Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation. The Park is set to become an internationally recognised hub for the creative industries, and will help raise Thurrock’s profile on the world stage.

Will McKee, Chairman Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation said: “We are absolutely delighted that the High House Production Pak has received this recognition. The Production Park is of strategic importance to Thurrock and is a truly transformational project that will have an enduring and positive impact on the regeneration of Thurrock.

“The 55 finalists were drawn from public and private sector projects across the United Kingdom, so for the Production Park to be recognised in this way is a great achievement for the Development Corporation and its partners.”

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