Royal Academy of Arts: Keepers House Refurbishment

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Royal Academy of Arts: Keepers House Refurbishment

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Sykes are currently in the midst of a £4m refurbishment of the Keepers House, which forms part of the eastern wing of the RAs historic Burlington House building. Built in the 1870s as a home for the Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, the space had been largely unused for a number of years.

The RA has outlined a Masterplan to develop the estate for future generations and deliver a wide range of new spaces and facilities to Friends of the Academy.

This particular project sets out to double the space available to Friends of the RA, modernise existing spaces available and create a new restaurant, bar and garden terrace.

A new glazed lift and staircase structure is being installed in the gap between the RA Schools and the Keepers House. The Keeper’s House will be directly accessible from the main courtyard as well as from the RAs front hall allowing the venue to open outside of gallery hours. Providing disabled access to all levels, it will greatly improve ease of movement throughout the entire building.

The Keeper’s House development will restore many of the building’s original architectural features, stripping back layers of history to reveal previously-concealed ceilings, floors and the mansion’s original beams, and bring a new lease of life to a historic space in the heart of London.

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