Sir Robert McAlpine, 100 Liverpool St, London
Restoring Royal Albert Hall
Our Special Projects team completed the restoration of the Royal Albert Hall's famous façade in December 2020, six weeks ahead of schedule despite Covid-19 related pauses. This ended multiple phases of work and 8 years of operations on this iconic, Grade 1 listed building.
The final phase saw the restoration of the entire 150-year-old façade using non-abrasive, non-aggressive cleaning. In addition to re-fixing and replacing the terracotta blocks that make up the façade, our team carefully repaired the roof leadwork, replaced cast iron rainwater downpipes, repaired the Smoking Gallery balcony and redecorated all the external windows, doors, metalwork and the existing canopy structure.
The team also worked on the basement, known as “the Great Excavation”. This involved providing two levels of basement (40m by 20m, by 10m deep) to the South-West. With breakthroughs into the Hall through its 1.4m thick outer walls, digging an 11m lift shaft and carrying out pipe-jacking for a new sewer connection within a very confined area, all adjacent to a listed Victorian chimney that required constant monitoring. This was anything but a standard dig.
Through early planning and collaboration, not a single one of the Hall's hundreds of performances was cancelled or postponed because of the works.
Congratulations to all those involved in our projects at 100 Liverpool Street and Royal Albert Hall.
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Sector: CommercialLocation: London
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