Construction value: £ 2.2 million
Completion: May 2012
Location: Brighton, East Sussex
The Sea Life Centre is one of Brighton’s top visitor attractions. The world’s oldest aquarium still in operation, it’s housed in a Grade II* Listed building dating from 1872. In 2011, owner Merlin Entertainments – which also operates Alton Towers and Legoland – commissioned us to undertake its first major refurbishment work since acquiring the site in 1998.
Although the main Victorian building was in good structural shape, extensions added in the late 1920s required substantial renovation, including major repairs to the concrete soffits. The technical challenges were compounded by the building’s location on Brighton’s busy seafront, and a very tight timescale. Through out-of-hours and shift working, we completed the work in just 20 weeks, enabling the Centre to reopen in time for the peak Easter trading period, which coincided with the building’s 140th anniversary in May 2012.