Queen's Award for Enterprise
June 28, 2002
'The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the Prime Minister's recommendation that a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category should be conferred upon your business'
On 11th June 2002, Theatre Projects Consultants held a Celebration Party at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art' s Vanbrugh Theatre in London, at which Richard Pilbrow received on behalf of the company this prestigious award from Her Majesty's representative, Major C.J. Winstanley, representing the Lord Lieutenant of the County of London.
The party was attended by over 200 guests, many TP staffers, both past and present, together with many leaders of the theatre and architectural professionals. The event included the formal presentation followed by dancing on the stage to a live band and the quaffing of much champage.
Founded in 1957 by Chairman Richard Pilbrow, TPC is today one of the world's leading firms consulting on the design and planning of theatres, concert halls, opera houses and arts centres.
UK projects have included the Glyndebourne Opera House, London's renovated Royal Court Theatre, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the National Theatre on London's South Bank. Current UK projects include The Sage Gateshead with Sir Norman Foster, and a 350-seat theatre in London, for the Unicorn Children's Centre.
Major projects in the Far East include: the Government of Singapore's new performing arts centre - Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, which includes a 2,000-seat lyric theatre, 1,800-seat concert hall and smaller performance spaces. In Europe Norway's National Opera House — to be built on Oslo's waterfront for Den Norske Opera — is in design.
In the United States one of TPC's latest designs - the 3,500- seat Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, for the Academy Award's OscarÂ® ceremonies, was seen on television by over a billion people on 24 March. Other recent projects in the USA include the Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the $120 million arts centre for the University of Maryland. Projects in design include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (architect Frank Gehry), the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin (Cesar Pelli), the Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts (Sir Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas), the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Centre (Moshe Safdie) and many others.
Richard Pilbrow, Chairman of Theatre Projects Consultants, said: 'This a great honour for all those members of the 'Theatre Projects Family' world-wide - both past and present. So many individuals have worked with great dedication to make TP what it is today. We thank you all, as well as those architects, arts groups and clients who've given us such opportunities. This award is for you all.'