Royal Armouries Entrance Refurbishment

Project Description

The Project

RDF was appointed to carry out the full refurbishment of ‘The Street’ which is the main entrance to the museum.  Works had to be completed whilst the museum remained fully open to the public

Our Solutions

This unique project succeeded in rejuvenating a tired museum atrium.  The refurbishment was carried out whilst the museum was fully open to the public.  This required significant diligence in terms of health and safety and a high level of co-operation and communication with museum staff to ensure that works could be completed around the day to day operating requirements of the museum.  The erection of a pair of 22m high 45m long scaffolds, suitably placed behind hoardings, allowed access to the main circulation spaces of the museum, ensuring the building could remain open to its normal visitor flow. Overcoming the difficulties of the tight constraints of the site, limited access and the imperative need to prevent the accumulation of dust within the museum were  key factors in delivering a successful project

Works included the removal of all plaster from the reinforced concrete structure.  The revealed concrete was then ground, polished and sealed.  Gold leaf and painted shield designs were then added.  Structural alterations were made in order to introduce a new cantilevered structural display platform which now houses a full sized horse and rider clad in medieval armour.  In addition, a bespoke welcome desk was constructed in our workshop and installed on site

The Outcome

RDF successfully delivered the project on time and to budget

Project Details

Royal Armouries Museum
February 27th, 2014
Retail & Leisure
£800,000

Project Skills

  • Construction
  • M & E
  • Refurbishment
  • Restoration

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