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News Heritage Site Time-Lapse

16 May 2024 Holly Eckersley

At Time-Lapse Systems we have worked on a number of iconic heritage projects in the UK, charting important restorative and development work in some very special locations. We are exceptionally proud to have worked on such a range of prestigious projects which look to keep Britain’s history alive for future generations. We work across the entire breadth of the United Kingdom working with clients with a range of needs. Each job that we work on is treated on an individual basis and our engineers always create detailed method statements, before installation, to ensure that we have considered every nuance of a project. When we work on listed and heritage buildings our specialist team of engineers can custom-make specialist bracketry to ensure the integrity of a building is always protected. Additionally, when we have finished capturing a project our editors can bespoke our time-lapse videos to the exact requirements of our clients ensuring that we always deliver to the high standards that we set for ourselves. Here we reflect on some of the incredible heritage projects that we have been involved in showing the quality of the work that we always deliver.

Caernarfon Castle

We recently captured an exciting development project for Caernarfon Castle. Mainly centring on The King’s Gate, significant improvements were made to improve the overall guest experience as-well as important conservation work. The project saw the construction of a light-weight glazed lift which would make parts of the castle easily accessible for the first time, a new cafe within one of the towers, accessible toilets, immersive guest experience zones and a new retail space. Conservation work on the town’s walls as-well as The King’s Gate ensured that this incredible building has been safeguarded for the future and made even more appealing to tourists who want to see and experience this important monument of the past.

Mary Rose Muesum

We have also captured restoration work on the iconic Mary Rose warship. An important carrack in Henry VIII’s fleet, she was launched in 1511 and fought in may wars before sinking in the Solent. After being located in 1971 she was raised in October 1982 and has helped historians understand more about Tudor life thanks to the precious artefacts which were discovered on-board. This incredibly important ship has been monitored for decades, and we were asked to carefully monitor important conservation work to this key asset of Henry VIII’s English navy. This historically important ship has been surrounded by a atmospherically controlled ‘hotbox’, where the boat was sprayed with cold-water mist, water soluble wax, the ship was then was air-dried to help minimise further damage. Our engineers have worked on a vast number of sensitive projects which are historically important and on this particular project they used our specialist bracketry and custom-made equipment to ensure that Henry VIII’s flagship was carefully preserved and not damaged in anyway as works were underway at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

National Water Ways

Back in 2017 our team helped to capture the movement of historic canal vessels moored at Ellesmere Port. They were then moved by crane and later transported to storage facilities before undergoing extensive restorative work. This conservation project by the National Waterways Museum and the Canal & River Trust was the first of its kind in the UK and we wanted to capture the various aspects of this operation to show its complexity. Our engineers captured every nuance of this project using time-lapse photography and aerial capture to chart each stage. This video spectacularly shows the quality of our work and the skill of our team who have created a truly wonderful video.

Eaton Hall

We recently captured an installation for the Duke of Westminster at his private residence, Eaton Hall. This project was constructed to showcase the impressive military history of the family and to act as a feature within the vast gardens of the house. This country house is set in Cheshire and boasts over 10,000 acres of woodland, formal gardens, farmland and parkland. This project used a range of military vehicles and we loved the creative ingenuity of their positioning to make an impactful space.

An image of a military vehicle installation at the Duke of Westminster's private residence, Eaton Hall.

Royal Albert Hall: The Great Excavation

We have captured a number of projects for The Royal Albert Hall, including the ‘Grand Excavation’, which saw the expansion of this incredible icon of English architectural design making it more amenable for modern times. The extensive work in the southwest quarter of this Victorian concert venue has provided 1000m² of additional space making room for a visitor’s café, office, storage, multipurpose community space and a new boiler system. Our client embedded our unique iRis viewing platform onto their website to give live updates to their supporters and regularly used images from our time-lapse systems on their social media accounts. We love documenting such unique and landmark builds and it is very special to watch these projects take shape.

Queen’s College Oxford

We work extensively in the education sector on an array of interesting projects, including this special build for Oxford University where we captured the new library extension at Queen’s College. We captured the full works of an extensive underground extension and refurbishment of their 17th century library. The college was founded in 1341 and the Upper Library dates back to 1692 and was originally designed by Christopher Wren. This grand building has benefitted from an additional 7000 ft² of space, with the new library partially sunk and connected to the untouched sections of the old library. A sloping roof-light in the new library gives students tremendous views of the west elevation of the old library, showing MICA Architects’ (formerly Rick Mather Architects) intention to perfectly blend the old with the new through a cohesive connected design. The project also saw the creation of a new reading room, an archive space for Queen’s historic Antiquarian collection, a Peet library of Egyptology and a collaborative room for project work. The new library extension benefits from more environmentally friendly technologies as-well as luxurious tailor made oak carpentry and crisp clean interiors with lots of natural light. We loved working on such an important project for one of the country’s most prestigious universities. 

Manchester Town Hall

An extensive multi-million pound project is underway at Manchester Town Hall. Titled the ‘Our Town Hall’ project, this grade I listed building is undergoing major restoration and renewal works to help make the building more efficient, reducing its carbon footprint, whilst preserving its heritage and in turn giving the public more access to this historic building. We are there to capture every step of this six year renovation of this neo-gothic building, as we document each stage of this complex project’s transformation. The building was originally designed by Albert Waterhouse and celebrated its 140th birthday in 2017, unfortunately it has sadly started to show its age. Manchester Town Hall was in serious need of restoration works due to its failing foundations, out-dated heating system, plumbing and ventilation issues as-well as failing drains. The project promises to give this important civic building modern technologies and services whilst respecting and safeguarding the building’s character and heritage. Watch our video to see the quality of our work and how this historic landmark project is perfectly showcased through our time-lapse photography.

Hull City of Culture

Hull was named the 2017 UK City of Culture and we captured a range of exciting projects across the city to document public realm development and regeneration.  One such project saw a stunning art installation at the Hull Maritime Museum, which was formerly the Dock Office. This historic building was bathed in thousands of handmade ceramic poppies which cascaded down from an upper-floor window. Titled the ‘Poppies Weeping Window’ this beautiful art display was created as a tribute to our fallen heroes during the War. We captured the incredible construction of this project and provided four other systems which documented important regenerational works at key locations across the city. We were delighted to capture such positive projects in such a wonderful location.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

We were asked by LW Theatres to capture the Christmas transformation of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Over the course of two days two teams carefully and artfully created an awe-inspiring festive display to welcome its audiences. At Time-Lapse Systems we can capture for any project for any duration and our team was on-hand to ensure that every aspect of this festive display was documented in the best possible way.

We feel incredibly honoured to be trusted to work on such an array of important projects with significant historical importance. If you would like to hear more about the services we offer please get in touch

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