Lyons O'Neill

Royal Military Academy – Band Practice Facility

A new building and the refurbishment of two existing buildings to provide facilities for military musicians. The new building houses a band practice hall and various rooms for individual and small group music practice. The existing buildings house sheet music and instrument storage, plant and changing facilities. The new building connects to one of the existing buildings.

A hybrid steel frame and CLT panel structural solution is adopted for the new building superstructure. This comprises a two storey link element in load bearing CLT, and a single storey long span double height space in which a steel frame supports CLT roof and wall panels.

A suspended reinforced concrete ground floor slab is utilised due to the cohesive ground in the presence of trees. Pad and strip foundations support the loads from the superstructure and ground floor.

The existing buildings are of traditional load bearing brick construction with timber first floor and roof. Cast iron columns provide internal support to the first floor and high level wall to one of the buildings. The works involved addressing multiple defects to the existing buildings including the provision of remedial ties between floor joists and walls, repair of masonry arched lintels and repairing timber degraded by water ingress.

Architect HLM Architects
Contractor Willmott Dixon Construction
M&E Engineer Banyards