Southbank Centre, London

Southbank Centre, London

London United Kingdom Southbank Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall Hayward Gallery Purcell Room Betofix R2 Arte Mundit Betofix RM Restoration Mortar Concrete renovation Colour matching Cleaning

The South Bank Center in London is a venue complex for event and meeting places of the art scene. It consists of the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery and is one of the largest art centres in Europe.

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Facade restoration Energetische Facade restoration / concrete Concrete restoration
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Historically protected / historically valuable buildings
Schools / universities / museums
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One part of the two-year renovation of the South Bank Centre was a large-scale concrete restoration of the exposed concrete surfaces in the interior of the world-famous art rooms. The walls and ceilings in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery and Purcell Room were restored to their original state by means of colour matching. In order to clean the surface from dirt, the room was prepared under strict observation of the room temperature and relative humidity. The film-forming peel-off paste Arte Mundit was applied in the required thickness to remove the surface impurities. This created a cleaner, brighter environment.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Cemplas Waterproofing & Concrete Repairs Ltd
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