Time-lapse video marks first year of ‘The Great Excavation’ at the Royal Albert Hall

WE are currently capturing major construction works for the Royal Albert Hall, as preparations for the venue’s 150th birthday get underway.

We have been documenting The Great Excavation since February 2017, which will transform the Hall’s south-west quadrant into a new multi-purpose space ahead of this milestone anniversary in March 2021.

Not only is this one of the most prestigious projects we have ever worked on, but also one of the most challenging.

With the Hall being a Grade I listed building, we had to build a free-stranding fixing solution on which to mount our camera system, specifically designed for this project.

Creating such a solution, allowing us to capture from the roof of the Hall, was the only way to provide a continuous and uninterrupted view of the development over its full duration, without damaging or compromising the build in any way.

From this elevation, we have already captured the excavation of 5,000m3 of ground and the installation of 104 15m-long sheet piles to support the ‘hole’, with many more exciting stages still to come.

The recently-released edit condenses nine months of progress into just one minute and has featured in news articles on the front page of the the Royal Albert Hall’s website, as well as being shared widely on social media.

We have a longstanding relationship with the venue, previously providing high quality, micro-managed capture for special events taking place in the auditorium.

Iconic internal shot of the Royal Albert Hall from the Last Night of the Proms
Above: iconic internal shot of Last Night of the Proms at the Hall.

Our ‘A Year in the Life’ time-lapse – documenting 365 days of the venue in full working capacity – is just one example of this and has recently topped 100,000 views on YouTube.

The Great Excavation at the Royal Albert Hall will eventually make way for new, multi-purpose entertainment, leisure and operations spaces. This exciting development is also forming part of a series of events to celebrate the past, present and future of the venue, ahead of the its 150th birthday on 29 March 2021.

We are the leading time-lapse provider for very specialist works such as these, as we have the ability to and a proven track record in carrying out the most creatively challenging work.

The Mary Rose Museum, the Postal Museum and the University of Oxford are just some of the other clients we have previously captured delicate and historic developments for.

We feel very privileged to have been asked to time-lapse another important part of the Royal Albert Hall’s history and look forward to continuing right through until the conclusion of The Great Excavation.

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