The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s consort) of a ‘Central Hall’ that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning.
The Hall is a Grade I Listed building; and has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871. It was always conceived as a multipurpose building to host not only concerts of music but exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies. It is a registered charity held in trust for the nation but is financially self sufficient: it receives no funding from central or local government 2010 Portcullis Gate Automation where called in to assist where others had failed.
The stage delivery gate under the hall stands some 5 metres tall and 8 meters wide weighing approximately 2tonnes, powered by an ageing control system with no safety features the gate is too heavy for normal manual use and kept breaking down.
After the head of maintenance had lost faith in the current service provider, Portcullis was recommended by a close colleague.
Following in depth site surveys we recommended a full overhaul of the gate and its hydraulic control system.
A new power pack hydraulic pump system with manual override was installed including all new control cables and new control boards.
Most importantly the safety on the gate was upgraded to provide bump strip protection, ensuring this two ton gate stops immediately an obstruction is detected.
The Albert Hall is “dark” for one week per year to allow for maintenance and it was during this time all of the above works where carried out by our “17th Edition” trained staff.
In 2011 Portcullis where awarded the continuation Pre-Planned Maintenance Program for the gate.
We are proud of our relationship with the Royal Albert Hall giving a service that they are willing to recommend on to others is a testament to our continued investment into our staff and our abilities as a leading automation company in the UK.