Following a competitive pitch, itmsoil has been awarded the contract for the provision of monitoring instrumentation and services during the major development project at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The project is being undertaken by Wates Construction.
The Exhibition Road Building Project will provide a state-of-the-art underground gallery for the V&A’s internationally renowned programme of temporary exhibitions, a new Exhibition Road entrance into the Museum and a courtyard and café at ground level. This requires the formation of approximately a 15m deep basement adjacent to the existing Henry Cole, Aston Webb and Western Range buildings. As all of these buildings are Victorian – with shallow foundations and facades sensitive to movement – a detailed monitoring specification has been produced by Arup to ensure that construction activities are carefully controlled to mitigate any possible damage and to provide assurance to various stakeholders.
itmsoil’s sub-contract is to supply the following instrumentation and services: precise levelling using BRE sockets; building monitoring using 3D Geodetic Prisms; pile/retaining wall inclinometers; magnetic extensometers; crack deformation monitoring studs; vibrating wire strain gauges; time lapsed digital photography; noise and vibration monitoring; and web-based data presentation software.
Jonathan Scott, Managing Director of itmsoil commented:
“We are extremely excited to have been selected to work on such an interesting project at one of London’s most iconic buildings.”
Construction on the project is due to commence later this month, with completion scheduled for the end of 2016.