In bustling South Kensington,London, our team undertook one of the most prestigious projects to date – the renovation of the iconic ‘Hintze Hall’ at the Natural History Museum. For our London refurbishment contractors, this project was about preserving a piece of history while creating new spaces to house the ever-evolving exhibits of this world-renowned institution.
An Artful Restoration: Preserving the Grade I Listed Fabric
At the heart of the project was the careful refurbishment and restoration of the Grade I listed central space, an architectural marvel in its own right. Our work included creating additional gallery spaces at the ground, first, and second-floor levels, enhancing the hall’s capacity to showcase its extensive collections.
One crucial aspect of this project involved the replacement of roof lights, a delicate operation designed to let natural light flood into the newly refurbished spaces, enhancing the visitor experience. The conservation of the building’s listed fabric was also an integral part of this project, preserving the rich architectural details that form the gateway to the museum.
Installation of the Majestic “Hope” and Farewell to “Dippy the Dinosaur”
As part of the final phase of this project, our team was entrusted with a highly significant task – the provision of new structural support to accommodate the installation of the awe-inspiring Blue Whale skeleton centrepiece. Named “Hope”, this gigantic specimen was to be suspended from the ceiling, taking the place of the much-loved Diplodocus skeleton cast, affectionately known as “Dippy the Dinosaur”. This installation allows the public to walk beneath the largest animal ever to have lived, offering an immersive and humbling experience.
The Impact: A Beacon for Heritage and Historic Building Projects
The successful completion and handover of the Hintze Hall refurbishment have added significant value to our portfolio, particularly in the heritage and historic building sector. This project allowed us to showcase our capabilities in working with structures of historical importance, demonstrating sensitivity to their unique character while meeting the modern demands of museum operation and visitor experience.
About Us: Jerram Falkus, Your Partner in Construction Excellence
At Jerram Falkus, we are well-versed in the unique challenges and rewards that come with working on heritage and historical projects. As one of the most established London refurbishment contractors, we bring our wealth of experience and unwavering commitment to quality to every project.
Whether you are planning a refurbishment, a restoration, or an entirely new construction project, we are here to help bring your vision to life. Contact us to discuss how we can contribute to your next project.