COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION19th of March 2021
Swansea's new Copr Bay bridge was eased into place in a major construction operation over the weekend of March 6-7.
The 150 metric tonne bridge is now in place over Oystermouth Road. It's up to 12 metres wide, 49m long and features 2,756 laser-cut origami shapes. Commissioned and developed by Swansea Council, the footbridge will be pivotal in improving access between the city, the Marina and the coastline. It will be a number of months before the gold-coloured pedestrian and cyclist bridge - central to Swansea Council's emerging £135m Copr Bay Phase One regeneration scheme - will be ready for use by the public.
ACME worked with Brussels-based structural engineers Ney & Partner to create this bridge made from curved 15mm steel plate. The iconic arch stabilizes the super-slender bridge deck and creates a new urban space floating over the road, enclosed by patterned steel offering glimpses across the road, the arena and the new coastal park. Until now, Oystermouth Road was for cars, not people. The bridge will be a stepping stone for a greener and more liveable Swansea city centre. It's expected the bridge will be ready for use in the second half of 2021, ahead of the opening of the arena which is on schedule to be completed this year.
TABERNACLE BATHROOM10th of March 2021
The South Shoreditch Area of London was famous for its Furniture Trade. Our building was originally abutting the Harris Lebus works in Tabernacle Street, the largest furniture factory in the world. For our Staff Bathroom on the second floor, we have decided to revisit the timber walls that Mies van der Rohe designed for the Tugendhat House, which speaks to the Shoreditch veneer trade of that time. We worked with Royal White Ebony, as that timber has amazingly veined patterns for bookmatching. ACME has always used its own bathrooms as a place for material and spatial experimentation. This bathroom has taught us a lot about complex veneers, and will hopefully be a good mockup of future projects to come.
COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION5th of March 2021
Set to be a new architectural landmark for the city, Swansea’s new bridge, designed by ACME, is getting ready to be installed this weekend. SHS have manufactured the bridge in four segments in Yorkshire and brought the elements to site in September 2020. After six months of assembly work, the new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking the City Centre to the new Arena and the waterfront is getting ready to be lifted in place. Developed with Ney & Partner, the Brussels-based structural engineers, the bridge is a stressed skin bridge made from just 15mm thin steel plate. The arch shape stabilizes the bridge and offers glimpses of the city’s new Copr Bay district including a new 1.1-acre Coastal Park. The perforation pattern in the steel plates was developed with the local artist Marc Rees. The bridge will open to the public in late 2021. The installation of the footbridge (from Sat 10pm to Sunday 6am GMT) will be streamed live: link.
STRATFORD IQL PAVILION PROGRESS2nd of March 2021
The Pavilion in the International Quarter Stratford is starting to take shape. In 2017, ACME won the invited competition, and over the last four years, we have been working with Lendlease and Blumer Lehmann team to construct a lightweight timber structure above the DLR tunnels at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Park. Made of CLT and glulam, with external cladding in Accoya fins, the structure is getting close to Net Zero Carbon in construction. The Pavilion accommodates an Olympic Park visitor centre, a cafe, a restaurant, and a public rooftop terrace overlooking the Eastbank and the London Stadium. D&D will commence fit-out of the spaces shortly, for opening in Fall 2021.
SURFACE DESIGN AWARDS FOR BUMPERS OAST15th of February 2021
Bumpers Oast won the Surface Design Awards 2021 for best "House Exterior" and best "House Interior". The jury was impressed by the contemporary interpretation of the Kentish oast houses, traditionally used to dry hops.
TALK AT BAU ONLINE12th of January 2021
ACME will speak in the Forum "Facing the Future", for BAU Online, the German Building Congress. Friedrich Ludewig will outline in a few projects how emerging 3D tools are affecting how we manage complexity, and how BIM is changing the way we communicate and evaluate space. The talk on Friday the 15th at 1pm (GMT+1) and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Boris Schade-Bünsow, the Editor of Bauwelt. Registration here.
ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO8th of January 2021
The ACME Carbon Audit for year 2019-20 is complete. We have used 85t of Carbon, through heating and power, commuting, coffee and milk, paper and corporate travel, equating to 1.2t per employee. We have offset this Carbon through the planting of trees in UK schoolyards. The Audit also summarizes the carbon embodied in the projects we designed during the year. We are proud that the majority of our projects are now timber buildings, locking carbon within the structure. However, the embodied carbon of our buildings remains very large, with much to do in the coming year to reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings. The Audit is available here: link. Please feel free to copy our methods and sources, it is high time for all of our industry to move to Net Carbon Zero.
HAPPY 20211st of January 2021
Happy 2021 from everyone at ACME.