AEC were commissioned along with Momart to load test the brackets which are used to lift the frame and glass off the wall for ‘Raphael’s Cartoons’ so they can be removed for maintenance work.
The brackets and wall fixings were last used 22 years ago and the system needed to be tested. Two brackets are used to lift ‘The Miraculous Draught of Fishes’ from the wall. Each bracket was tested to 1050kg. Working with Momart we had to ensure every precaution was taken to ensure no damage to the fabric of the building or the artwork.
The gallery was still open to public during the load testing.