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Time-lapse capture of the Royal Albert Hall's 'Great Excavation' project, major construction works in preparation for the venue's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2021.

News Time-lapse video reveals ‘The Great Excavation’ at the Royal Albert Hall

18 October 2019 Daniel Curtis

OUR work with the prestigious Royal Albert Hall continues, as we help to document the latest major development at the world-class entertainment venue.

As part of preparations for the Hall’s landmark 150th year in 2021, the south-west quadrant of the venue has been extended to transform the iconic foundations of the Grade I listed building.

Since February 2017 we have been capturing The Great Excavation, where over 5,000m³ of earth was excavated from site to create a new state-of-the-art two-storey underground space for visiting artists, crew and promoters.

We developed and built a completely bespoke free-standing solution for this, designing it in such a way that it would not compromise the historical & iconic architecture of the Hall.

With works now complete, we have assembled the entire 18 months of capture into a final, fully post-produced sequence that has been shared with the Royal Albert Hall.

This time-lapse video meticulously reveals the culmination of each phase of these delicate external works, including:

  • excavation of 5,000m3 of ground
  • diversion of an 8m-deep Thames Water sewer
  • installation of 104 15m-long sheet piles to support the walls.

We have worked closely with the Royal Albert Hall throughout the process to provide them with full coverage of their milestone development.Part of this service also included embedding our bespoke iRis viewer onto their website, revealing progress to the public as it took place over the course of this long-term project.

In addition to this, the additional progress edit we produced in April last year helped the Hall to officially mark the first stages of their rigorous journey towards expansion. Now, our most recent time-lapse video charts the entire narrative of The Great Excavation from start to finish.


This project is also just one of the key time-lapse works we have produced for the Royal Albert Hall, which also includes another creatively challenging project showcasing 365 days in the life of the venue.

We are extremely proud to continue our longstanding relationship with one of London’s grandest concert halls and to help document its unrivalled history of performance.

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