Transforming a historic music hall in a way that preserved its history while meeting the needs of a 21st century audience. This multi-million-pound project required an ingenious re-imagining of the space that also restored and retained the building's historic fabric and its wonderful acoustics.
Requirements included new a-look auditorium, a 100-seat performance space, more flexible staging, bars, new foyer area, improved rehearsal rooms, upgraded artist facilities, learning spaces, meeting rooms, offices, café, and 21st century futuristic ramps and lifts to improve access to all areas. The external facades needed to be retained while internally it needed to be fully modernised. The works also involved significant complex demolition and excavation works to facilitate the new spaces.
Historic buildings, unlike new ones, often have limited 'as-built' information, the drawings submitted by a contractor on completion of a building. And what does exist can be inaccurate. For this reason, numerous surveys and site investigations were carried out before any works began. This included excavated trial pits, which revealed that there were no traditional foundations to the building.
The solution was to work collaboratively with the client’s consultants and Kier's in-house specialist temporary works designers, Kier Professional Services (KPS), which resulted in a detailed risk analysis and design solution to allow the external walls to be underpinned whilst significant basement excavation to facilitate the permanent works was undertaken.
Similarly, there were no available as fitted / as built drawings for the existing building services. The M&E Manager carried out a test and identification process with the site team and derived their own set of as-builts.
Early engagement of key subcontractors through weekly workshops with key specialists, particularly M&E services and conservation craft experts, was essential to developing the programme and design methodology and keeping within time frames. The temporary works and underpinning solutions also allowed the project to be constructed safely and with no movement of the existing structure.
" (The Kier team) has great enthusiasm for the project. They have not been rigid to contractual matters and work collaboratively to get the best and most cost-effective outcome. The Kier team has made an effort and understands the needs for good client relationships. There is a massive pride in the Kier team and a huge amount of effort. Health and safety is real and embedded in their psyche. "Chief Executive Aberdeen Performing Arts
Restoring, renovating and extending this prestigious Grade A listed performing arts building, utilising building conservation techniques whilst internally upgrading the interiors and finishes to a high quality and installing new, modern building services and a/v equipment throughout.
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Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Designing and constructing a new leisure complex within this holiday village on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, including toddler and 20m adult swimming pools, Tornado and Twister flume rides, and water playground, gymnasium, other leisure facilities and associated plant and equipment.
Constructing a new retail unit that included remodelling existing car parks, a major re-alignment of the existing spine road - including removal of roundabouts - significant public utility services diversions and installation of toucan crossings.
Converting a 1920s office building in Cardiff into a 122 bedroom Hotel Indigo, the boutique hotel brand of InterContinental Hotels Group, for Maven Capital Partners with Sanguine Hospitality. Crafting spaces throughout the hotel to reflect the history and vibrancy of the city and a rooftop Marco Pierre White restaurant.
Identifying this 20.5 acre site in Reading as a strategic development opportunity, delivering a retail and leisure scheme including new homes, a hotel, retail space, car showrooms and industrial units, trailing new innovations and generating 263 jobs and £138m of social value.
Creating a new retail and leisure heart for the town comprising 23 shops, restaurants and bars, together with a multi-screen Empire cinema, 60 bed Premier Inn hotel and a 345 space car park.
Delivering the £450m Watford Riverwell as a 15-20 year joint venture with Watford Borough Council, which involved regenerating 70 acres of land in West Watford to create residential, office, retail, leisure, industrial and hotel space.
Completing the penultimate phase of the £65m waterfront development, taking it through the planning process, regenerating over 17 acres in Walsall including The Light Cinema and popular national restaurant chains, making the most of a canalised location and engaging with the local community.
Transforming a tired council facility into a modern new leisure centre in the north of Sheffield, adhering to Sport England guidelines and taking on board local concerns, introducing a bold exterior design and keeping to tight deadlines.
Developing the first site outside Devon and Cornwall for Trago Mills, an independent, family owned and run discount leisure retailer. Bringing much needed employment to the area it includes 11 retail units, external sales area, café, garden centre, goods yard, ice cream stall, bandstand, adventure dome and model railway.
Developing Chester's largest and most ambitious ever creative project, working in a restricted city centre location, adapting the programme when a Roman building was discovered on site, restoring and revitalising a Grade II Listed building, creating new cultural spaces and receiving the Arts Council's highest ever score for a building.
Updating an icon, providing pride of place for Charles Darwin’s finds, creating a prominent spot for a fully-fledged Finback whale, and being test abseiled by Sir David Attenborough.
The Aperture is the first phase of residential buildings on the Greenwich Peninsula. This five storey building comprises of a restaurant and deli on the ground floor, day nursery on the first floor, estate management and a community centre on the second/third floors with a gym on the remaining floors.