The iconic, Grade One Listed Royal Albert Hall has undergone a complete refurbishment of its water management systems, using Alumasc Apex Heritage Cast Iron products.
Refurbishment works on Grade One Listed buildings must meet strict regulations put in place to ensure the preservation and respectful enhancement of the building.
Sir Robert McAlpine were awarded the overall contract to deliver a programme of upgrade, renovation and refurbishment work. The water management systems had been in place since the building’s opening in 1871, therefore a challenge was in place to find a manufacturer and installer that could operate under the difficult conditions that such a job imposed.
Gutterworks, an Alumasc approved installer, installed Alumasc Rainwater management systems during the refurbishment in 2018. Alumasc was chosen for its ability to analyse and precisely recreate the original gutter and pipe mouldings that were used in the originally installed systems, therefore contributing to the preservation of the historic building.
Apex Heritage Cast Iron gutters and downpipes were moulded to exactly replicate the originals. They were successfully installed promising another 100 years or more of smooth-running water management, that also maintains the period look of the building.
Phil Lapping, Regional Sales Manager and Estimator at Gutterworks, said: “To look at the Royal Albert Hall now, you wouldn’t even notice there had been any changes. And that’s the point of great water management systems- they’re meant to work smoothly and blend seamlessly with the design of the building so that you don’t even notice them. The building—especially this building—should always be the main focus.
“With this in mind, there was no question about which brand should be used to complete this heritage project. Gutterworks have had a very good relationship with Alumasc for a number of years and have first-hand experience of the company’s ability to provide first class service and products, whatever the specification.”
Phil explained a little of the process: “We began by removing the original downpipes, hoppers and gutters. Sandcast bespoke patterns were made, the products cast and finished with the Alumasc certified painted finish, so we were able to install the finished product on site, with no painting required”.
Ben Green, Divisional Marketing Manager at Alumasc WMS commented: “We will always ensure our products meet industry standards, with the objective of exceeding expectations in terms of durability and performance. In the case of historical projects, the client can rest assured that we are able to create almost any design bespoke, that will meet regulations.”
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