BFI Southbank

Procured through the Procure Partnerships Minor works framework, this project comprised complex fire safety and acoustic performance upgrade works to the live and occupied building, which is used by the general public daily. To ensure minimal disruption, all works were carried out over night, with the building livened up each morning for public use.

BFI Southbank is an existing building originally constructed in 1957 following which a 1980’s extension and a further “Riverfront” café/ restaurant extension where added. The construction of the building is steel frame, with concrete slabs, clad with brick and stone.

The building is constructed underneath the Waterloo Bridge, London and comprises primarily of cinema/theatre use with ancillary restaurants and cafés provided on the ground level.

To start, we erected both internal and external site setup arrangements, installed internal and external hoardings, carried out M&E surveys and undertook the soft strip and demolition works to enable the main works to proceed. This included elements of asbestos encapsulation and or removal, using licensed specialists.

The main works involved improvements and enhancements to some of the public front of house spaces as well as rationalising/ reconfiguring and technically upgrading some key back of house areas and support systems.

A logistics plan and method statements were developed to carry out the works in a logical and succinct manner whilst maintaining access to facilities, fire escapes and the like, without undue inconvenience and nuisance and without danger to occupants and users.