Articles in Category: Historical & Ecclesiastical

The Royal College of Music

RBC have been appointed by John Simpson Architects to provide full Building Control services for the prestigious commission to redesign the Royal College of Music in South Kensington. The project is valued at £25 million and will transform the Grade II Listed Building. The project involves basement, sub-basement, lower ground, first and second floor extensions in a former courtyard that links part of the Royal College of Music together and form a new museum, bar, cafes, two new theatres and practice rooms. The effects on the existing fire compartmentation and means of escape needed careful consideration and justification and RBC have worked closely with the Architects, JSA, and the fire engineer to achieve this.

Kensington, London

Albert Mill, Manchester

RBC was an integral part of the design team on the £2.4 million refurbishment and conversion of the four storey grade II listed Albert Mill building into bespoke apartments and commercial space.

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel

RBC are delighted to have been appointed to provide Building Control Services for the improvement works on this Victorian Castle to create additional 45 garden rooms, atrium extension and alterations to the existing hotel.

North Wales

Boxgrove Priory

RBC were appointed to provide full Building Control services for the construction of a new boiler house and new ‘eco friendly’ internal flooring throughout the church. The Ty-Mawr lime floor is created using natural materials such as straw and wood and has a unique way in absorbing moisture. The ‘breathing’ qualities of the floor makes it suitable for solid wall construction buildings.

West Sussex

Cannington Court

RBC worked with BDG Architects, MACE and EDF Energy on the restoration and refurbishment of Grade I, 900 year old Priory building in Somerset. Initially, this was home to a Benedictine nunnery and latterly a college. The project has created training and accommodation facilities for EDF and has included detailed restoration of the Priory building.

EDF Training Facility

EDF Training Facility

RBC worked with BDG Architects, MACE and EDF Energy on the restoration and refurbishment of Grade I, 900 year old Priory building in Somerset. Initially, this was home to a Benedictine nunnery and latterly a college. The project has created training and accommodation facilities for EDF and has included detailed restoration of the Priory building. During the recent construction work, the post-medieval main approach to Cannington Court has been revealed during an archaeological dig, along with earlier medieval buildings, water culverts and floor surfaces, the earliest of which dates to the 11th century. Pottery from the 10th to 12th centuries and a large fragment of a mill stone has also been recovered. These remains represent a significant find.

RBC worked closely with the architects and contractors to ensure the sensitive restoration and alteration work was completed in accordance with Building Regulations, and was on hand to advise the design team through each stage of the project. The project presented many interesting challenges relating to fire safety and access to the overall site, requiring professional skill and judgement in reaching solutions with the design team.

Great Scotland Yard

RBC are appointed as Building Control for the conversion of the former Scotland Yard headquarters building into a luxury hotel. The 235 bedroom hotelwill contain one of the capital's most luxurious VIP suites.

London

Ivy House

This building was originally a large private house in NW London overlooking open parkland and parts of it were originally built in the 1750s with later extensions and a modern annex building, probably in the location of the original stables. The building is locally listed and the building control work which RBC is overseeing is to fully refurbish the building and adapt it as a school for about 280 children up to year 6. Part of the work is to remove and replace the first floor structure with new timber joists and to strengthen the existing steelwork.

London

Victoria Palace Theatre

One of RBCs clients for which we provide a full building control service is the Delfont Mackintosh Theatre Group. This includes the following theatres; Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Queens, Wyndham, Noel Coward, Sondheim and Gielgud. All of these Theatres are interesting, even if the work is to refurbish the toilets. The interest is in visiting back of house non-public areas and standing in the middle of the stage of an empty prestigious London Theatre. One small project was the alterations to the Julie Andrews VIP suite in the Prince Edwards Theatre. The room is surrounded with photographs of Julie Andrews taken throughout her career, the earliest is a black and white photograph of her performing in a pantomime in1955.

London

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