Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Exhibition Road Project, London


Market Sector: Refurbishment

Client: Victoria & Albert Museum

Engineer: Arup

Main Contractor: Wates

Architect: Amanda Levete

London boasts some of the Nation’s most prestigious museums with none more important than the V & A. The Exhibition Road Project, which forms part of the Museum’s ‘Future Plan’.

The major development works provided a large column free underground exhibition gallery, an open courtyard and improved street level entrance into the Museum. The new courtyard houses a café and is used for installations and events.

Constructing thirteen “Toblerone” trusses, each up to 25 metres long and weighing up to 13 tonnes, was a logistic minefield requiring careful planning and co-ordination with the Highways Agency. Precision checks meant that each of the trusses were dropped into place on time, first time, every time.