november 2018

New Security Control Room Facility for the National Gallery

ME Construction is continuing its work at the National Gallery, London. This time, it’s engaged in a 14-week, £770,000 project involving a New Security Control room facility.

ME Construction is continuing its work at the National Gallery, London. This time, it’s engaged in a 14-week, £770,000 project involving a New Security Control room facility.

According to Paul Knight, ME Construction’s project manager responsible for the work, the project allows for the relocation of the existing SCR to a new location.
“The project covers a series of three new rooms - the control room, locker room and training room,” said Paul.

“The work involves removing an internal, structural load-bearing wall. This will require significant demolition, along with strip-out work, as well as the integration of a substantial new structural frame within the historic fabric to support the galleries above the new SCR.”

Included in the works are the re-routing and adjustment of new mechanical and electrical services, as well as their integration into the building. Among other things, this means that all the rooms involved will receive new finishes – courtesy of ME Construction.

“All of this work will, of course, be carried out while the surrounding areas are in use,” Paul pointed out.

A new suite of rooms is also being sited within the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing. These meeting rooms will not only integrate the new facilities required by the National Gallery, but which also take into account the use of these spaces.

“The suite of rooms comprises of a series of meeting rooms and a furniture store with controlled access,” Paul explained. “The works include the demolition of a number of internal walls and some significant strip-out work. There will also be some re-routing and integration of new mechanical and electrical services and, of course, this will also necessitate the areas receiving new finishes.”

ME Construction is now no stranger to carrying out projects at the National Gallery. Last year, the company did some work in the West Entrance area, demolishing and stripping out a banqueting suite and boardroom, reception rooms and kitchens – and turning these into a series of function rooms or one large room, equipped with air conditioning, strip lighting, and audio-visual large presentation screens.

In 2014, ME Construction successfully removed the old roof lantern over the National Gallery’s Room 15 Gallery, providing a new roof lantern with automated sun louvre blinds.

The origins of the National Gallery, in London’s Trafalgar Square, date from April 1824, when the House of Commons agreed to fund a home for the picture collection of the banker, John Julius Angerstein. The pictures were originally displayed at Angerstein's house at 100 Pall Mall until a dedicated gallery building was built.

In 1831, Parliament agreed to construct a building for the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. The new building, which stands on the former site of the King's Mews, opened in 1838.

In 1985, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover and his brothers, The Hon Simon Sainsbury and Sir Timothy Sainsbury, agreed to finance the construction of a new wing for the Gallery. This new building - the Sainsbury Wing - was opened in 1991, to display the National Gallery’s entire early Renaissance collection.

Following the completion of the Sainsbury Wing, the Gallery has a total floor area of 46,396 metres squared - equivalent to some six football pitches. It would be big enough to hold over 2,000 London double-decker buses.