Basement Waterproofing at Royal Museum and Art Gallery
Canterbury's Royal Museum and Art Gallery (also known as the Beany Institute) is located in the heart of the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. It was constructed in 1899 and is a Grade 2 listed building.
Between 2009 and 2012 the building was closed to allow for a 6.5 million refurbishment project to take place funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of the refurbishment project the existing basement areas required waterproofing. Due to the building's listed status it was decided to waterproof the basement using an Oldroyd internal cavity drainage system (BS8102 Type C). Specialist basement waterproofing contractors, Cemplas, were chosen to carry out the waterproofing works.
Oldroyd Xv cavity drainage membrane was applied to the walls and floors of the basement to divert any water towards Sentry sumps and pumps. Additional drainage capacity was provided at the wall-floor junction of the basement by the installation of Aquadrain drainage channel.
The museum re-opened in 2012 and the newly refurbished basement area is used to provide additional exhibition space and to allow the display of collections previously hidden from public view.