The ongoing maintenance and renovation of ROSL's London clubhouse has bore considerable fruit this week, as several projects have made big steps forward in unison.
Much of the programme of works so far in 2019 has been behind the scenes, such as work on the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, but these latest works in the Princess Alexandra Hall and Restaurant will be visible for all to see.
In the Princess Alexandra Hall, work is nearing completion on a new AV system, which has seen the installation of a new projector, sound recording equipment and cameras, allowing us to record and live stream events to members around the world. This harks back to ROSL's early forays into broadcasting with the BBC during the war.
In addition to the new AV equipment, new concert seating has also been delivered, giving members and guests a much more comfortable experience when enjoying a concert, talk, or dinner.
Meanwhile, down in the Restaurant, new period-appropriate carpet has been installed, to refresh the look of the room, while also maintaining its glamourous 1930s art deco aesthetic. The long-serving chairs have also been relaquered, resprung, and reupholstered. Rather than replace them, we decided to renovate the chairs to keep as much of the original furniture as possible.
Other upcoming renovation works include the replacement of the flagpoles along the balcony of the Westminster Wing, plus more behind-the-scenes maintenance and compliance work.