The Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music was built as part of the continuation of Prince Albert’s grand masterplan ‘Albertopolis’ for the development of the area to the south of the Royal Albert Hall into a Conservatoire to rival other European musical centres. The college has taught many of Britain’s famous classical musicians since its construction and opening in 1882.

We are working with John Simpson Architects on a new development located in an existing courtyard behind the main building. The project involves constructing a deep, single-storey basement below a new two-storey RC framed structure, with a two-storey load-bearing masonry building on top of this. The lower levels will house two state of the art performance spaces plus ancillary areas.

The basement engineering has been particularly challenging due to the close proximity of the neighbouring buildings, including Imperial College’s School of Mines, which contains vibration sensitive equipment. The performance spaces have to be independent of the structure for acoustic reasons, using ‘box in a box’ construction. The scheme has been drawn in 3D using Revit, with the design coordinated with the Architect and other consultants as a BIM model.