Royal Academy of Arts: Plant Upgrades to Library and Print Rooms

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Royal Academy of Arts: Plant Upgrades to Library and Print Rooms

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This project for Royal Academy of Arts involved installing humidity and cooling plant onto the roof to service the library and print rooms. Significant alterations were carried out to the roof void and plant housing and a 4000kg pre-fabricated services pod was craned into position.

Works consisted of M&E plant installation, specialist glazing, fibrous plastering, fine decoration and general building fabric refurbishment work.

Sykes were involved in the methodology and programming at an early stage to ensure that inconvenience and disruption was kept to a minimum. Sykes were asked to provide a dedicated team to offer costing and buildability support to the Academy’s own design team 4 months before contract commencement.

Crane lifts were scheduled to cause minimal inconvenience to the Academy’s events. Pre-fabrication of a stainless steel clad ‘pod’ complete with all services plant was carried out off site under factory conditions to minimise noise disruption to the Library operations. Noisy work was programmed at agreed times that allowed the library to operate with minimal inconvenience.

Sykes have subsequently been awarded a further project to upgrade the environmental systems servicing the Sackler wing of galleries at the Academy following a successful enabling works contract.

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