KOKO Auditorium Renovation

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Client The Hope Lease Ltd
Value £3.1M
Contract 12 months
Project Manager Carlton Thompson Cole
Architect Archer Humphreys Architects
Main Contractor Make One Group
M&E Consultant SVM Consulting Engineers Ltd

KOKO Auditorium (formerly known as Camden Palace) is a Grade II listed Victorian theatre which originally opened in 1900 and is located in Camden and has recently reopened as a 1,500-capacity music venue.

MSL completed the full replacement/refurbishment of the MEP systems over 4 floors, retaining the original features of the building.  There is an outdoor terrace on the 1st Floor as well a private members area on the 2nd floor. The stage has had a complete make over to include a new artist area as well as a new rigging and lighting system.

KOKO has been completely overhauled to include all new Electrical, Fire Alarm, Security, Data, AV cabling and distribution equipment as well as all new Mechanical ventilation, hot and cold-water services, and above ground drainage systems.  To assist with larger shows a new infrastructure has been installed so an external Generator set can be used and plugged in which in turn boosts the electrical load specifically for Stage equipment.

The project strived to reduce carbon emissions utilising a combination of Combined Heating & Power (CHP) units and energy efficient LED lighting.


Project Highlights:

– New LV switch panels

– New Generator connection panel for assisted power requirements

– Automated stage and auditorium ventilation system

– Local VRF Cooling Systems

– Internal/External LED Lighting, Emergency Lighting

– Lighting Control System

– BMS Controls

– Fire & Disabled Refuge Alarm Systems

– CCTV & Access control systems

– IT system

– Leak Detection system

– New domestic water and drainage systems