British Medical Association
Watts were employed in this prestigious project to work alongside HOK architects to overcome many daunting problems that were likely to occur during the contract involving a grade II listed building. Steelwork to enable removal of supporting walls to provide the new council chambers including vast amounts of temporary propping was designed, manufactured and installed without affecting the day to day running of the BMA.
The original council chambers now the garden room to the lower ground floor were dismantled and removed and a new steel link bridge some 18m long comprising concealed steelwork and glass balustrade was installed to provide access between adjoining rooms.
The members lounge as it stands today is a comfortable airy space for colleagues to enjoy quiet periods due to an impressive new glass entrance screen and access doors allowing natural light to penetrate the pleasant ambience.
The impressive entrance facade stands behind large ornate gates and in past years there stood an opening for guests to arrive in their horse drawn carriages, our brief was to provide a modern glass screen incorporating access doors but not to impact on the visual aspect of the building. Watts supplied and installed the entire supporting framework, glass and allied control gear.
A crisp modern main entrance reception area demanded a clean, smart impressive staircase to enable access to the first floor library. A European Oak staircase complete with stainless steel balustrade and handrail was manufactured in our joinery workshop transported to site and installed by our qualified installation team.