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I thought you would be interested to learn that last week, the Transformation Project was named ‘Project of the Year’ at the 2011 Building Awards. The Building Awards are very highly regarded and the other short-listed contenders for the Project of the Year Award represented major developments many times the size of the RST project, so this is a huge achievement. And the architects, Bennetts Associates, won the 2011 Architectural Practice of the Year Award and Mace won the 2011 Project Construction Manager of the Year Award. The RSC were shortlisted for the Client of the Year but were pipped at the post by the Olympic Delivery Authority. If you’d like to, you can find out more about the Building Awards here: http://www.building-awards.com

AND CONDÉ NAST AWARDS – VOTE FOR THE RST The RST has been shortlisted for a ‘Culture’ award in Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s Innovation and Design Awards 2011. The awards celebrate excellence across ten categories and the shortlist has been posted online at http://www.cntraveller.com/magazine/innovation-and-design/introducing-the-innovation-and-design-awards-2011

 for people to vote for their favourites. You can help the RST to win this award by voting online for the RST. Please note, you will need to vote across all ten categories in order to vote for the RST.

 Jane Cromack

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No, not my words but those of an old acquaintance who I happened to meet in our marvellous new theatre on Wednesday – the first day the RST opened to the public. I was absolutely delighted to hear these words because they indeed sum up the truly fantastic experience the RSC is able to offer .

This was my second visit on the historic day. I had arrived shortly after 9.30am to collect my new swipe card (in time for my first theatre tours on Friday) and that done I just enjoyed mingling, listening to the buzz of general excitement and admiring the commitment and enthusiasm of all RSC colleagues on duty.

 Needless to say, I made a purchase from our marvellous new shop (which deserves a special blog of its own) and was then joined by my wife for coffee in the Riverside Cafe . The coffee was superb and (following a truly splendid dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant last Friday) confirmed that the RST provides catering par excellence. Glenda (my wife) thoroughly enjoyed going around the building and whilst appreciating everything that is new, was very pleased to be able to enter the Swan Reading Room once more. A visit up the Tower is on the list for a future date (but I DID have a sneak preview during training) and I KNOW Glenda will want to come on a Theatre Tour !

My own word for summing up the day and our new RST? “WOW !!!! ” Tony Boyd-Williams

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So November 24th is nearly upon us when the RST re-opens. No doubt many of you have already been in the building one way or another. I did attend the licensing event and evacuated three times from the very back row of the Swan Upper gallery!! It was wonderful to be back in the Swan and we all felt a real sense of anticipation and excitement about the re-opening.

This week I became a lady who lunches and went with three friends to the Rooftop Restaurant for a taster try out session. It felt like being in two reality shows at the same time with downstairs the 60 minute makeover fast pace of hammering, painting, wiring etc. etc.  And upstairs the Gordon Ramsey Best Restaurant show – with feedback forms analysing the food, service, what would you pay for this course, are the chairs comfy – was that a hair in my soup!

I can report that the chairs are very comfortable, the house white wine excellent, the beef main fantastic and I just regret that I did not have room to test out the deserts. (Needless to say there was no hair in the soup!)

So we await next week, I understand the press go in early in the week so watch out for their response and then it will be our turn!!!

Jane Cromack

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