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Structural Waterproofing Conference

When: Thursday 13th September
The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7SH

Architect associate Kevin Kelly is a speaker at the third annual PCA (Property Care Association) Structural Waterproofing conference at the University of Warwick. He will present an architect’s view of the subject using as a case study the latest work he has been doing at the Royal Albert Hall, discussing the challenges faced, warranties and insurance and ways to improve on future developments.  The masterplan for this latest phase of works was produced in 2010 and has provided enabling works and a new subterranean extension which added approximately 10% of additional area to this iconic building but which required a multi-layered waterproofing strategy to protect both existing and new build structures. 

BDP was commissioned in 1990 to develop a masterplan for the first comprehensive refurbishment of the Grade I listed Royal Albert Hall since 1871 and a 10 year programme upgraded the backstage facilities and rebuilt the Queen Elizabeth II steps to create an underground service entrance and yard. We fitted a new ventilation system, recast the acoustics and reset the seating tiers. The visitor experience was transformed by glazing in the east and west porches and the creation of a new south porch, bar and foyer areas, with a major pedestrian space to replace the road around the hall.