Heritage, Arts and Culture fast facts
A wealth of experience
From Royal palaces to theatres, opera to cinema, Churchill’s war time bunker to ancient castles, our experience across heritage, arts and culture is as broad as the type of visitors these extraordinary places attract. We are working with some of the UK’s most prestigious sites as they work to enrich the lifestyles of the nation and also attract millions of visitors to the UK each year.
Preserving our heritage
Our work in this sector spans many decades. We have carried out renovation work at some of the UK’s most famous buildings such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and the Tower of London. In Wales we maintain castles and ancient monuments and we also provide facilities management services at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Imperial War Museum. Many of the locations where we work house priceless artefacts which can be sensitive to light, humidity, heat and vibration, such as in Churchill’s war time bunker deep under the streets of Westminster.
Together with the work we undertake on high profile sites, we apply the same level of care and attention to any building which contains heritage features. For example, many head-office buildings, town halls and universities are also steeped in history and require a specialist and sympathetic approach to fabric maintenance and renovation work. Our historic building and heritage experts manage complicated aspects of design, building, renovation and maintenance on heritage sites, such as retaining historic facades and managing work on ancient monument, as well as listed buildings.
Middlesbrough Town Hall is a grade II listed building constructed between 1883 and 1889 in a revived French Gothic style. Designed by Architect George Gordon Hoskins, it was one of the last large Gothic town halls to be built in England, serving as a landmark to symbolise Middlesbrough’s proud industrial heritage.
Creating a new £19m aviation museum showcasing the role played by the Bristol site in Britain’s aviation history, including a hangar to house the last Concorde ever to fly, restoring a Grade 1 listed First World War hangar to create an exhibition space
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.
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.
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.
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.
" (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