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Royal Albert Hall

Facts

Location Client Construction Completion Awards
London, UK Corporation of the Hall of Arts & Sciences £70m 2003 4

Project details

Redeveloping a world-class performance space.

This was the first complete refit for the Royal Albert Hall since 1871. To help put on a wider range of shows, we upgraded the backstage facilities and rebuilt the area south of the hall to create an underground service entrance and yard.

We fitted an effective new ventilation system, re-cast the acoustics and re-set 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.

Objectives have been achieved whilst still hosting over 300 performances a year... A complex and impressive project.

Chief Executive Royal Albert Hall

Brief

  • fully refurbish a world-famous Grade I listed building
  • improve viewing, acoustics and ambient conditions
  • ensure the hall stays open for business throughout the project

Results

  • 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 the BEX Award 2005, the Civic Trust Commendation 2004 and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage 2003

Integrated Services

architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, lighting