SWANSEA BRIDGE ASSEMBLY21st of September 2020
The deck for the new Swansea bridge over Oystermouth Road has finally arrived on site. Fabricated by SHS in Yorkshire, who also made our Leicester footbridge, the deck arrived in 4 parts on low loaders, travelling overnight. The as yet missing arch of the bridge will arrive over the coming days in arch segments. The deck and arch segments will be welded together in October, ready for installation next year.
The entire bridge has been cut and bent from one continuous thin sheet of steel. The sides of the arch have been laser cut with a swan pattern that will come to life at night as a coloured glowing lantern.
The 49 metre long bridge is a key link for Swansea Central Phase, connecting the city centre to the new Swansea Arena and coastal park and strengthening the connection between the city and the beach.
SWANSEA CHURCH HALL11th of September 2020
Planning permission has been granted for St David's Church Hall, with ancillary spaces, a cafe and a new public square.
The building will sit adjacent to St David’s Church, replacing an existing facility that will be demolished as part of the wider Swansea Central development, which includes a 3,500-capacity indoor arena, a new footbridge and a major new park.
The hall has been designed with careful consideration of its relationship to the Grade II listed St David’s Church. This is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Swansea, first established in 1808 and rebuilt by Charles Hansom in 1847.
The building footprint wraps around three trees including a large mature oak, while an articulated roofscape helps break up the massing and keep the roof line below that of the existing Church. The majority of the facade is local Blue Pennant stone and is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the external walls of the existing Church. The roof is traditional slate tile and the use of copper colour aluminium on the elevation pays tribute to the historical role of Swansea in the copper industry.
TABERNACLE WASHBASIN9th of September 2020
We are working with an amazing workshop in Java to create new sinks for the Tabernacle Street office bathrooms. In the spirit of the local Shoreditch area, the heart of furniture manufacturing in the 19th century, we have used bookmatched white ebony veneer for the wall cladding of the cubicles. In collaboration with craftsmen in Indonesia, we have selected a petrified fossil log with matching colours which is being carved and polished to create two freestanding washbasins.
LEIPZIG BANK PROGRESS7th of September 2020
The shell and core of the new headquarters for the Saxony Development Bank (SAB) in Leipzig is almost complete.
The majority of the facade has been installed, leaving curved glazed panels and horizontal spandrel panels to be inserted. The straight lines of the concrete roof oversailing the buildings blocks define the street character and accentuate the public route across the site. The construction of the forum and the fit-out have commenced, with an anticipated completion in 2021.
GOLDA-MEIR-BRIDGE BERLIN3rd of September 2020
The Golda-Meir Bridge for the Europacity in the centre of Berlin is reaching the final stages of construction. Built in a Bavarian steel factory by the Danube, the seven segments, each weighting 30 tonnes, have been assembled in the Deggendorf harbour, in southern Germany. During August, the segments were welded into one continuous 77m long deck. In September, the completed structure will be painted with 7 layers of anti-corrosion paint and a final layer of anti-graffiti coating, before the 200t heavy structure will be loaded onto a canal barge. The barge will make the 1600km journey to Berlin via canals and 64 locks over 12 days in October. Once installed, the bridge will create a new link between the former East and West Berlin territories, previously separated by the canal and the Berlin Wall.
SWANSEA FOOTBRIDGE1st of September 2020
The first full scale mockup of the pedestrian bridge has arrived on site, with tests for the wall perforation as well as finishes. The selected copper-bronze colour acknowledges the historical role Swansea played as the world capital of copper production.
TABERNACLE TILES28th of August 2020
For a project in Wiesbaden located in an old cement factory, we designed a concrete cladding tile. The client rejected the solution, as they thought it was too costly and lacking tests and certification.
We have recycled the concrete tile idea for the showers in our office in Tabernacle Street. Working with amazing craftsmen in Morocco, we are testing different colour combinations to create a series of encaustic tiles for floors and walls. We are using a single copper mould, and six colours, to create a series of different tiles that can be rotated and matched to create a fading colour pattern. We will use the showers in our office as a test case, so that we can convince clients more successfully in the future of ideas that might otherwise look to complex and untested.
SWANSEA ARENA TOPPING OUT26th of August 2020
The steel frame of Swansea Arena has been completed. Works are now progressing inside, with the black precast concrete steps in the auditorium taking shape. Mock-ups for the gold anodised digital facade and the red polished concrete for the foyer floor have been installed for final signoff by the client.
On the other side of the road, the frames for the residential block and the multi-storey car park has also reached its final height, ready for the first facade elements to be installed.
STRATFORD PAVILION FACADE24th of August 2020
The installation of Stratford Timber Pavilion facade is complete. The concave geometry of the gently curving facade helps to create sheltered terraces overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Park. The erection of the timber bleachers and the balustrades are progressing, with the tenant fit-out due to commence shortly for pavilion opening in early 2021.
DEZEEN AWARDS 202012th of August 2020
Bumpers Oast has been longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2020. The house has been designed as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Kent oast buildings, used to dry hops. The awards will be announced at the end of October.