Wide Range of Fire Stopping Protection Techniques Needed for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Extension


The £22.5 million, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ performance complex, designed by BFLS Architects, includes; the 450 seat Dora Stoutzker concert venue; the Richard Burton Theatre; four state-of-the-art rehearsal studios; and a terraced cafe bar overlooking the Grade I listed Bute Park. Each performance space is a separate building, but the whole development is linked by a single ‘floating’ roof that ties the existing Bute Theatre to the new drama, concert and public arcade spaces. The arcade area serves as an exhibition hall and is the ‘lungs’ for the scheme – it facilitates natural ventilation by using the stack effect.


R Lewis & Co (UK) Ltd was very proud to play a pivotal role in the build and completion of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, National Conservatoire.

Working for Willmot Dixon Construction in the heart of Cardiff city centre, we used many different passive fire protection techniques including highly decorative fire barrier installations, load bearing compartment floors and numerous types of penetration management seals.