The Light Cinema, Bucharest

Fit out of Romania’s first all digital 3D cinema, including a 170m² luxury bar. Located in the Liberty Centre, Bucharest, the cinema has 7 digital screens and capacity for 1,150 people. The 7 auditoriums were designed to also be used as conferencing facilities, with ancillary meeting rooms. The fit out construction works were completed in just 14 weeks from developer shell, on time and within budget. Faithful+Gould was appointed as project managers and quantity surveyors on the fit out, with a fixed brief from the client. Design workshops were held in order to ensure design co-ordination was achieved, as multiple designers were involved due to local compliance issues. A design review workshop was held with the design team and contractor in order to effect the required reduction in original tender price to suit actual spend and timescale. Additional specialist labour was supplied from Ireland to supplement the contractor’s workforce.

Faithful+Gould was appointed in June 2008 with the client requiring the cinema to be open for 26th October 2008. The design process was still to be completed, and shell works were only completed at end July 2008, allowing only 14 weeks for the complete fit out from cold shell. As a result, we worked on site providing the day to day physical link between the design team, contractor and sub-contractors, client and cinema operators such that solutions and answers to queries on design, co-ordination, procurement, commissioning and testing were resolved before they had the ability to effect schedule or cost. The projection equipment used on this project had never before been installed in Romania and significant input into it's support housing, co-odination with other services, equipment was necessary.

The integrity of acoustics between auditoriums was critical to the success of the cinema. This required particular attention to the design and installation of the auditorium walls, and the complete separation of the staged seating, mezzanine, partition walls and floor from the shell structure with management of relationships between designers engineers, interior designers, suppliers and installers key to it's ultimate integrity. Tenders based largely on unrealastic ID concepts and imported material specifications returned were significantly over budget, requiring value management of the design. By taking the ID to local suppliers and sourcing the majority of materials locally, rationalising the lighting scheme, and making various other specification changes, the initial budget was maintained despite payments for and 7 day working weeks to achieve the opening date. These savings were achieved without compromising the overall design intent or long term maintenance costs.

The project was delivered on time and within budget. The cinema was ready for the advertised opening date which included a pre-advertised immovable date coinciding with a worldwide film release and event organised for 700 guests.

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