Surrey based Bailey Consulting are helping London’s Natural History Museum to address their maintenance back log and assist with ongoing life-cycle planning using Kykloud’s mobile survey and asset management software.
Bailey Consulting was appointed by the museum in May 2013 to survey its whole estate over a six-month period – which involved a team of seven – and the Surrey based practice returns each year to carry out further checks and progress reports.
The team of surveyors provided a detailed condition assessment of the grade I-listed building having inspected more than 5,000 individual survey elements across the museum’s 1.4m ft 2 (130,000 m 2 )
But this was no ordinary job for the experienced team, not only were that faced with some pretty unique obstacles and the historic nature of the building their work had to be carried out at one of the world’s busiest tourist attractions.
Michael Bailey, director at Baily Consulting said: “There was definitely a public access issue at a tourist attraction that attracts over five million visitors a year. It is also hired out for functions and, at one point, we had to work around David Attenborough’s film crew.”
The main museum was built during the Victorian era, although with subsequent development, now comprises nine different buildings. Surveying the huge, terracotta facade of the principal Waterhouse Building – which carries the name of its architect, Alfred Waterhouse – was perhaps the most challenging aspect of Bailey’s work.
“We had to hire the largest cherry picker in the country, with a 65m height reach, which could extend over the building.”
Once the machine was in position, Bailey’s surveyors took photos and recorded notes using Kykloud on their iPads from the access platform. Work would start at 6 am, four hours before the museum opened, to avoid the visitor crush. Internally, the museum is no less ornate, with more intricate tiling, murals and stained glass.
In total, Bailey Consulting carried out 123 individual surveys during the six-month programme in 2013. Each one included an average of 39 building elements, and more than 83,000 information points were collected. Some 10,000 photos were taken. All of this data was collected and automatically collated through Kykloud and the data is now being used to accurately forecast repair and maintenance spend.
Working in this way, Bailey and Kykloud have built up a huge database that the museum is now using to manage its repairs backlog and assist with life-cycle planning.
The data collected and collated is also helping the museum to articulate its business case to funders.
“The museum relies on government money and benefactors, so does not have a consistent revenue stream,” explains Bailey. “But with the help of our survey, and the Kykloud software, they now have a 10-year maintenance plan which they can present to their backers.”