Pierhead Building

This project involved the restoration and refurbishment of the prestigious Pierhead Building, at Cardiff Bay to form a multi-use arts facility. The building is of high historical importance and is Grade I listed.

The works comprised of 3 main elements:

  1. The first element is the audio/visual display and exhibition installation which will occur in a number of rooms to the ground and first floors and will entail a high level of associated electrical and mechanical installations.
  2. The second element is centred in the main hall and compromises of the manufacture and installation of a retractable seating area to one elevation and the supply and installation of stage and theatre lighting, audio systems, retractable blinds to existing windows. Again, the installations will entail a high level of associated mechanical and electrical installation works.
  3. The third element is the associated making good, redecoration, and builders work for services installations required due to the above installations, and will be under the direction of the Architect and Listed Building Control Officer.

Therefore the entire scope of works entailed the formation of a multi-use facility within the main hall, exhibition displays and interactive displays to a number of rooms on the ground floor and first floor, associated mechanical and electrical installations and builders work.

And finally limited building works/alteration works and finishes in association with the above, including lime plastering, terracotta repairs and repairs to fibrous plaster mouldings.

Working within a Landmark Grade I Listed Building is always a challenge as the building was not constructed to accommodate the above services, and therefore visual results and architectural impact were concerns.

The installation of the data networks, renewal of electrical services, power distribution, internal and external lighting, and illuminated clock tower ensured that all works must be completed with a visually sympathetic outlook to the décor and architecture in keeping with the building’s listed status.

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