Christie's, Chelsea

Christie's Auctioneers
Brett Martin's X-Lock Ultra

Project Overview

A 27-metre-long Xlok Ultra rooflight caps Christies’ South Kensington salesrooms - one of the busiest in the world. The world’s leading fine arts business undertook a £5 million refurbishment of the viewing room colloquially known as 'The Hangar', which saw the leaking Georgian wired glass roof replaced. The five-metre-long Xlok Ultra 25mm structured polycarbonate panels were pre-assembled with extruded aluminium bars which interlink on site for a fully water managed system.  Class B non-fragile and easily compliant with Part L regulations, the wide-span and heavy-duty X-lock panels are designed for simple, fast installation – a crucial factor in this project as McConnell’s had to complete within two months to be ready for Christie’s major autumn sales.

As mentioned, this project had an extremely important 'Critical Path' to enable a multi-million-pound auction which was scheduled to take place on a particular date. Working backwards from that critical date meant that we had just 1 month to plan the project, purchase materials and set up site which included erecting a temporary roof to ensure there were no delays caused by weather.

Project Solution

Firstly, the parquet floor of the main viewing area had to be protected before erecting a crash-deck below the roof. The temporary roof scaffold was erected to ensure speed of the project.

All the old Georgian Wired glazing was removed and brought down to the ground.

Following a few steel work alterations, the new X-Lock Ultra was then installed complete with some opening vents.

The project went absolutely to plan with no delays due mainly to our expert SMSTS Site Manager who planned and managed the project from start to finish.

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