The brief for this project was to provide full mechanical and electrical consultancy and installation to a Grade 1 listed, damp, disused basement vault area that was being transformed in to a learning centre for an art gallery. The area was opened up and linked to the main building.
The initial challenge was to provide a dry, usable space before ensuring the various areas were lit, ventilated and heated efficiently. Due to the age of the building and the fact that it was listed, we had to minimise disruption to the structure and original features.
The routing of services and provision of suitable equipment was a demanding procedure. Aesthetics had to be carefully considered for our design, and extra care had to be taken to ensure the methods of working were the best possible to retain the original features and not cause any unnecessary damage.
By liaising closely with the main contractor we drew up designs for the space ensuring all services could be fitted in conjunction with the existing building.
Dehumidification equipment was installed to remove the moisture from the air. Pipework and cabling was either concealed or run neatly on the surface using the least obtrusive method possible. A new fire alarm and emergency lighting systems were provided to bring the building up to modern standards of compliance.
The final result was both functional and aesthetically pleasing whilst retaining the original character. All works were completed on time and under budget, minimising the impact to the building.