The Bolshoi company was formed back in 1776 and the current, now world famous theatre in Moscow opened its doors in 1856. The name Bolshoi is Russian for ‘large’ or ‘grand’ and these imperial properties were intended purely for the high arts of opera and ballet.
Today the building that is regarded by many as one of Moscow’s icons and a ‘must visit’ tourist attraction and has once again been transformed thanks to a massive restoration project that took from 1 July 2005 to 28 October 2011 to complete. The building remained operational throughout the reconstruction programme. The final cost was estimated to be 21 billion rubles (£540m) – much more than was originally estimated.
Such a significant project involved upgrading many aspects including the HVAC solution to make it fit for purpose for the requirements of a 21st century audience and this is where Grundfos Pumps were on-hand to offer their expertise. The final pump solution involved replacing and upgrading all the total pump requirements that control all the theatre’s heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, fire prevention and of course booster sets that will ensure water is always available where and when needed.
Having already made such a significant contribution to the history of performing arts, the Bolshoi theatre is once again set to sparkle for many more years to come and Grundfos are very proud to have played their role in contributing to restoring the fabulous building back to its former glory which will now deliver the precise, energy efficient pump services equal to any modern counterpart.