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Heritage Projects

Porter Gallery

CLIENT: Victoria & Albert Museum
VALUE: £930,000
DATE: July 2019

Quinn London were employed to undertake the replacement of the Porter Gallery glazed roof at the grade I listed V&A museum. Alongside the roof replacement we also completed remedial works to the slate roofs, lead work and internal plaster works and decorations.

Scope of Works

Replacement of the Porter Gallery roof, associated remedial works and decoration of gallery, including:

  • Floor protection
  • Hoardings/dust protection to the entrance to the Porter Gallery
  • Access scaffolding to the interior of Porter Gallery to provide access to the underside of glazed roof.
  • Temporary roof and scaffolding to protect the gallery below whilst the glazed roofing is replaced.
  • Stripping the existing glazing system and replacing with new.
  • Remedial works to slate roofs and lead work.
  • Barrier/balustrade to each longitudinal edge of the roof.
  • Fibrous plaster repairs to earlier opening up works.
  • Redecoration of the ceiling/walls.

Risks and Mitigation

Working in a live environment the museum, excluding the Porter Gallery, remained open throughout the duration of the works. QLL reduced impact on the museum by installing full height hoarding to all openings, to seal the site off completely. This reduced noise transfer and contained all dust arising from the works.

Control of dust was a priority for the client team. QLL received very positive feedback from the V&A team, as the project was carried out with minimal disruption to the museum and its visitors.


All site deliveries were required to take place between 08:00 and 09:45 every day. Unloading (and reloading) sufficient volumes of scaffolding within these time frames was a key challenge.

The delivery dates and times were clearly stated to the subcontractors prior to placing subcontract orders and commencement on site. These restrictions were written into subcontract orders.

Added Value

The programme of works were scheduled to be undertaken between January 2019 to August 2019, a period of 31-weeks. However, through careful programming of the works and by undertaking early supplier engagement, we were able to deliver the works 5-weeks ahead of the scheduled completion date.

Client Feedback

QLL have built a positive relationship with the V&A because of the successful delivery of this project. The feedback received from the V&A was that the Porter Gallery is the first project to ever complete early.

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