Respecting the past
Throughout the project, the BAM-led team maintained links with their predecessors: both in spirit and more literally. For example, the team had access to the original structural drawings from Arup – also the structural engineer on this project – which helped them to determine how to carry out refurbishment tasks with the least risk to the original structure.
And BAM Project Manager, Leo Amatino, often made contact with retired employees, many of them in their 80s, to glean vital snippets of knowledge about the detail of construction.
The resulting restoration, unveiled to widespread acclaim, proved that modernist architecture really can combine form and function for the 21st century… as long as it is handled with the same kind of respect and care originally applied by the craftspeople that built it.