On Sunday 24 January, in a flurry of snow, BAFTA reached an exciting milestone in the redevelopment. They took over the westbound lane of Piccadilly with a 9 tonne mobile tower crane to lift the large, very heavy air handling units onto the roof of 195 Piccadilly. This equipment helps monitor the temperature and make energy efficient changes to the air movement in the building.
“We worked with Westminster City Council to partially close Piccadilly. This is only the second time we have done this – the first was in 1975 when we moved into 195 Piccadilly for the first time and used a crane to lift the steel support for the Princess Anne Theatre seating in through the second floor windows. Technology moves on but sometimes only a big crane will do the job.” You can watch the crane in action here.