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Blue Whale Skeleton Suspended in Hintze Hall

Natural History Museum, London

Now listed at No. 5 in the Trip Advisor "Things to do in London" listings, the whale is now being viewed by approximately 4 million visitors per year. 

After assembly in stages, the whale was lifted in 160 25mm steps while loads were monitored on 11 temporary lift cables with line and levels regularly checked.  Installation was carried out in May 2017 and the exhibit was opened by The Duchess of Cambridge in July 2017.   The Hintze Hall project cost £12m and is the largest single project undertaken by the Museum.  The BBC 2 Horizon documentary narrated by David Attenborough was screened in conjunction with the opening.

ACA were engineers for the cable suspension and the lift as well as validating the wrought iron roof structure.  ACA also advised on floor loading, a vital role considering many first floor balcony exhibits weigh 6 tonnes and the  Marlin displayed in a tank on the ground floor weighs 16 tonnes.