The Royal Albert Hall is one of the London’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, it is held in trust for the nation and managed by a registered charity.
The hall was originally supposed to have been called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences by Queen Victoria upon laying the Hall’s foundation stone in 1867, in memory of her husband, Prince Albert, who had died six years earlier.
AKSWard was appointed to survey and advise on brick and terracotta facade repairs for this Grade I listed landmark building. Included in the scope was the specification for cleaning the building, enhancement and upgrading of down pipes and spitters to improve water management and structural repair of the cracked mosaic frieze.
AKSWard undertook a survey of the deterioration of the external façade with particular reference to the terracotta. The façade was surveyed with binoculars to produce drawings and schedules of repair for tendering purposes. AKSWard was retained by the Royal Albert Hall to refine and develop repairs as required and ensure quality is maintained throughout. Based on detailed design, Listed Building Consent was granted to carry out the repairs.