BDP was commissioned in 1990 to develop a masterplan for the first comprehensive refurbishment of the Grade I listed Royal Albert Hall since 1871.
The 10 year programme upgraded the backstage facilities and rebuilt the Queen Elizabeth II steps to create an underground service entrance and yard. We fitted a new ventilation system, recast the acoustics and reset the seating tiers.
The visitor experience was transformed by glazing in the east and west porches and the creation of a new south porch, bar and foyer areas, with a major pedestrian space to replace the roadway around the hall.
Since 2010 we have been working on a new masterplan including the 'great excavation', two new build levels of basement accommodation to enhance the efficiency of existing facilities with particular reference to those for performance and the general public.
Objectives have been achieved whilst still hosting over 300 performances a year... A complex and impressive project.
Chief ExecutiveRoyal Albert Hall
fully refurbish a world-famous Grade I listed building
improve viewing, acoustics and ambient conditions
provide new build subterranean accommodation
ensure the hall stays open for business throughout the project
300 events a year hosted during the ten-year programme
latest standards of acoustics, ventilation and lighting without compromising character
capability for a wider range of events
new public spaces
awards include a BEX Award, Civic Trust Commendation and European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage