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Royal Academy of Music

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The Heritage Lottery-funded scheme for the development of the world- famous Royal Academy of Music exemplifies the strengths of McAslan. The original building was completed in 1911 (by Ernest George, in a rather overblown Queen Anne manner) but the Academy has long outgrown it - in piecemeal fashion. McAslan's task was to masterplan a small campus, including the George building (to be remodelled and refurbished), the Nash terrace on York Gate (actually a post-war rebuild behind its Nash stuccoed facade, which is to be extensively adapted to accommodate teaching and practice rooms as well as a 'living museum' of instruments) and new spaces to be created at basement level. In heritage-conscious London it helps if new work can be kept out of sight. However, McAslan's new design on the campus, the concert hall, will be expressed externally as a glass-enclosed vaulted pavilion set between the existing buildings. This will be a strong, if discreet, product for the new century.

Client: Royal Academy of Music

Architect: John McAslan & Partners: Umberto Emoli, Martin Harris, Jean- Paul Jaccaud, John McAslan, Ian McChesney, Magnus Strom, Anna Wagner, Matt Williams

Project manager: Davis Langdon Management

Multi-disciplinary engineer: Oscar Faber

Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald

Acoustics consultant: Sandy Brown Associates

Access consultant: David Bonnett

General Contractor: Simons

Area: 3000m2

Programme: 1997-2001

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