New Plant Room Lift, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

The National Gallery needed to upgrade the access to their existing plant room, which is extensive and occupies the entire sub-basement of the North Extension, constructed in the 1970s. The upgrading of the primary plant to a new combined heat and power system required removal of existing machinery and the installation of new, all of which is too heavy to be moved by the existing access system.

Our brief is to work closely with the lift consultant and lift manufacturer to design the primary support structure for the new lift and its connection to the existing structure and fabric. We are also reconfiguring existing access staircases to enable safe passage to the lift and the plant room spaces. We have also prepared the necessary applications for planning and listed building consent, which is especially sensitive given the Grade One Listed status of the building.

Client The National Gallery
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