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LEISURE & HOSPITALITY FACILITIES


HISTORY NEVER STOPS • 70 million natural history specimens


• Six million rare books and manuscripts


• 850 staff


• Five million visitors a year


EVOLUTION NEVER STOPS When events and new exhibitions


are taking place at the NHM, facilities services have to be delivered against the background of a constantly changing floor space. Part of our remit is to help ensure that normal services activity can continue with minimal disruption, and that collections are protected whilst ensuring exhibitions and events run smoothly.


To prepare for an event, our space planners work closely with the Museum’s event management team to transform space, making


it suitable for the occasion. For instance, when the Museum hosted the London Fashion Week, we enabled sufficient lighting and power to be provided where it was needed, also removing walls and providing screens and glass panels for exhibitions.


The Museum is also a popular venue for television and film, and that brings its own unique challenges with it. A particularly unusual challenge was calculating the load capacity of a dinosaur so that a floating shelf could be added for a plucky actor to stand on during filming!


Being a world-renowned visitor destination, the Natural History Museum also regularly attracts VIP visits that need detailed planning and preparation to make them successful, and to avoid undue disruption to normal activities. During such visits, members of the EMCOR UK team act as building guides for the police and security services, ensuring that the visit runs smoothly. In fact, EMCOR UK also recently helped share best practice in managing museum facilities by hosting a visit from an


entire class of FM students from the Netherlands.


With an ever-changing floor plan, lack of storage space is another challenge for the Museum, which EMCOR UK helps to manage. Our space planners work with the Museum’s team to develop the storage strategy, and recently identified that the 200 office spaces could be reduced and many converted into additional storage areas.


Successfully adapting to change is the constant challenge for EMCOR UK and the Natural History Museum, which some might appreciate for a building devoted to the study of evolution. From smart asset management strategy to smart catwalk collections at London Fashion Week, we are the people working behind the scenes to help keep this world-class visitor attraction running smoothly.


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FROM SMART ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGY TO SMART CATWALK COLLECTIONS AT LONDON FASHION WEEK.


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