Sykes have now completed 2 phases of a refurbishment project to the Grade II listed, Blackheath Halls

In late 2018, Sykes completed a major refurbishment of Blackheath Halls. The Halls serve as the primary performance and rehearsal space for Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music, presenting operatic, orchestral, jazz and chamber performances from the musical stars of the future.

This time-lapse video highlights the final four weeks of the project, and the facelift given to the Great Hall.

A levelled and lowered stage, and improved acoustics has greatly opened up possibilities for an even broader range of events, including comedy, theatre and dance. A new retractable, raked seating system has improved sight lines and audience comfort, and fold back into the hall when not required.

The décor has been modernised, whilst retaining the original barrel-vaulted ceiling and within the constraints of its Grade II listed status. A full birdcage scaffold was erected to provide access for our in-house decorating team to overhaul the colour scheme and complete repair works.

Further works included redesigning and modernising the Foyer and Bar, enhancing all public areas and upgrading backstage facilities.

Built in 1895, Blackheath Halls is London’s oldest surviving, purpose-built cultural complex. So, it is an honour for London’s oldest independent building contractor to help ensure that the Halls are fit for purpose for the next generation.