The proposed development for the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) includes the refurbishment of the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre which sits in the middle of the Academy building with a new recital hall level added at roof level.
The refurbished theatre facilities include a new balcony and gallery, to be built within the existing theatre volume. The new theatre level includes a recital hall, glazed lobby and new enclosed plant area at roof level. Theatre seating capacity is set at 309 seats with six wheelchair spaces and the Recital Hall is proposed to accommodate 106 seats.
As well as developing the services design and environmental strategy at the initial stages, Atelier Ten provided the full detailed design of the mechanical, electrical and public health services. The construction sequence will be complicated for the services as there is a need to build around a fully operational Academy while keeping all existing services fully functional.
The principle objective for all services was to enhance the architectural design of the building while incorporating the requirements for minimal energy consumption within the working environment. As such, the existing theatre has been refurbished with new energy efficient ventilation and comfort cooling systems for improved comfort. The theatre area has also been remodelled to create a new office, workshop and control room within the existing constraints of the building.