London School of Economics: John Watkins Plaza – Waterproofing

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London School of Economics: John Watkins Plaza – Waterproofing

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Sykes & Son were employed to initially carry out re-waterproofing works to the John Watkins Plaza due to the existing membrane failing.

The £960K project involved lifting and relaying paving, including supplying approximately 20% new waterproof membrane to all soffit areas and new LCD light track.

In addition to the plaza waterproofing, the project involved the refurbishment of a large archives facility for the campus library. The Lionel Robbins Building library facility remained operational throughout the 24 week programme.

Following the plaza waterproofing, Sykes completed the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the main entrance to the library to provide improved environmental conditions.

Works included a new entrance door set and canopy. The entrance and lobby doors were replaced to reduce their height, making them lighter in operation. The foyer area was remodelled to provide a new social space, named ‘Escape’ with curved benching for new social leaning spaces. A ramp was installed and access improved to comply with DDA regulations.

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