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“Extension and Refurbishment of His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen for Aberdeen City Council’’ by Mrs. Karen Dinardo, Director at Dinardo Partnership
on the 11th of February, 2013

Student: Thanos Al

This lecture was presented by Mrs. Karen Dinardo, who is the director of Dinardo Partnership, a consulting civil / structural engineers and CDM coordinator. Mrs. Dinardo graduated from University of Glasgow in 1987 with a Civil Engineering degree and afterwards she worked for her postgraduate studies with Sir Murdoch MacDonald and Partners in Cambridge. After finishing her studies in 1988 she moved north to Aberdeen, where many projects were taking place at that time, and worked as a consultant engineer. One of the projects she came across during her fascinating career was the extension and refurbishment of His Majesty Theatre in Aberdeen, for Aberdeen City Council. As Europe’s Oil capital, Aberdeen is a dynamic and modern city and is also characterized as the ‘Granite City’. Its 18th and 19th century buildings are presenting a strong image, reflecting the hardy character of the citizens. The theatre was built in 1906, and has undergone a nine million redevelopment to both extend, refurbish and carry out internal alterations in order to enhance the existing facilities. The project was mainly funded by Aberdeen City Council, and Dinardo Partnership signed as the Structural Engineer of the project. The old building was made out mostly of granite and timber, but some of its parts were replaced with steel during 1979 – 1982 because water was running inside the theatre. All granite was taken out from Aberdeen. The five storey extension adjoins the east elevation of the existing building and occupies a site which was previously used as a car park. The planning of project began in 1997 and there were major site challenges to be resolved. The foundations were placed on pink granite rock and truss...
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