Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall is one of London’s signature concert venues. The major refurbishment extended and revitalised RFH and the area in and around the venue including retail, restaurants and offices.

The whole offer of the South Bank was enlivened and enriched by the project. Our work included substantial work on the services infrastructure and careful and innovative low energy engineering. In the auditorium we reversed the airflow, introducing cooling and replacing all the production services. Borehole water is used for cooling systems.

A new extension building, which sits adjacent to the main London to Kent railways on Hungerford Bridge, and houses retail units and offices for the South Bank Centre, also formed part of the overall works.


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Southbank Centre

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Royal Festival Hall as seen at night time from the Millenium Bridge.
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Royal Festival Hall during the day.
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The main lobby area now has a scenic glass lift.
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Ventilation of the auditorium. The air flow from the balcony and the temperature stratification (or profile) was calculated by using a computational fluid dynamics model.
The borehole cooling strategy