2002RAF Museum Hendon

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

London

Fabric

PVC

Product

Architectural
Art Installations
Bespoke Tensile Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Diffused Lighting Fabric Ceiling System

Our brief was to design and install a fabric ceiling system within the museum which would also act as a diffuser for the concealed lighting. It creates a dramatic effect to the interior space and the fabric membrane provides a suitable backdrop for the hanging aircraft display.

Our Solution

We designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the fabric ceiling system for the museum. This includes the fabric, extrusion and fittings. We also fitted a fabric soffit to the building exterior.

Results

The project went very well and has been featured in the architectural press. The new museum space and displays have proved very popular with the public.

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2002Leeds City Museum

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

Leeds

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Architectural
Art Installations
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Suspended Fabric Projection Screens

For the high quality refit of Leeds City Museum, Redman Design Associates required five large tensile fabric projection screens to be hung in the impressive museum arena. 

Our Solution

We designed a steel framed screen with very discreet fabric connection details, and positioned the five screens accurately on a complex arrangement of suspension cables. The projectors were then focused and adjusted to provide a high definition image right to the edge of the screens. 

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2002Kensington Palace

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

London

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Art Installations
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Ticket Hall Canopy

Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since the 17th century, most recently being called home by newly weds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when staying in London. Their crash-pad in the capital has recently undergone a major £12 million renovation, overseen by the Historic Royal Palaces Trust and co-ordinated by architects John Simpsons and Partners. This lavish refurbishment is not for the sole benefit of the nation’s favourite couple however – since the Palace reopened in 2012, 50% of the building is accessible to the visiting public, allowing a privileged insight into the daily life of the royal family past and present.

Our Solution

Base Structures created and installed a striped, four sided pyramidal canopy complete with pelmets on all four sides and large decorative tassels, suspended ten metres above the floor. The canopy is intended to provide a regal flourish to the visitor entrance and it certainly delivers, the royal appearance being enhanced by using a material called Diaposon, a man made fabric extremely similar to silk.

Results

Visitors can now enter the palace and purchase tickets in the White Court Courtyard, once an open area but now enclosed with a glazed, steel framed roof. 

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2002Jan Blake Defra Leaves

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

London

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Art Installations
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Suspended Silk Fabric Sculptures

Jan Blake asked us to manufacture these silk fabric sculptures which she had designed for her client. The hand painted silk sculptures provide a relevant and symbolic feature for visitors to the offices and are a dynamic use of interior space. 

Our Solution

We manufactured the ten sculptures which involved patterning the fabric and attaching the fabric to steel frames. Jan then painted the artwork directly onto them.

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2002Gatwick Departure Lounge

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

Gatwick Airport

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Art Installations
City Dressing
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Interior Fabric Features

Appointed by BAA, Stride Treglowan undertook a radical makeover of the International Departures Lounge to create a more stimulating space and enhance the customers travel experience. We fabricated and installed the fabric, printed artwork and supporting steelwork to the Olympus Rings, internal ceiling kites, Matterhorn sculpture, information desk canopy and end bay banners.

This was a complex project with a number of different elements. It was installed during short night shifts. It went very well and was ready in time for the re-openeing of the departure lounge. The works have improved the internal space. BAA are very pleased with it and have reported increased sales in the shopping areas.

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2002Drake Circus

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

Plymouth

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Art Installations
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Interior Fabric Sculpture

Realising an artistís vision and capturing the true essence in their work is an onerous undertaking. Yet often collaboration can yield stunning results. The Aquatic Circus installation at Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth is one such project.

Ten tensile silk fish structures are suspended in the semi-circular atrium space. These bright fairground coloured fish belong to that imaginary circus created by textile artist Jan Blake. Each fish is suspended by one point allowing it to turn slowly and interact with a neighbouring fish. We created the delicate creatures from steel, fibre-glass rods and silk organza for Jan to painstakingly paint with procion dye. The effect is breath taking. Light and movement now fill the vast atrium space, transformed by an aquatic extravaganza.

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2002Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

London

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Architectural
Art Installations
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Tensioned Frames Incorporating Fabric Sails and Lighting

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in Fulham Road, London, wanted to transform a new patient seating area into a comforting space which has a private and cocooned feel. To do this, Base needed to complete a suspended lighting rig that could also carry privacy screening into the seating area within the heart of the hospital. 

Our Solution

Base were employed to design, manufacture and install the fabric sails and lighting. We could not suspend anything directly from above the seating area and so we had to use tension cables which were rigged horizontally to fix  tubular steel frames within a spider’s web of tensioned steel cables. These steel frames allowed us to form a geometric grid within the space, into which we could suspend a series of Hypar feature sails. The spaces between the sails were then used to incorporate the lighting assemblies. 

Results

The fabric sails create a contemporary yet comforting feel in the seating area and brighten up the heart of the hospital. 

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2002Bradford Road

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

Manchester

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Architectural
Art Installations
Event Structures
Temporary Screening
Unique Solutions

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
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Printed Fabric Gasholder Advertising Banner

Large advertising hoardings are not everyone’s cup of tea but in terms of sheer scale this one takes the biscuit! At over 6000m2 of roadside advertising area, this project was widely lauded as the largest Out Of Home opportunity available in the UK at that time. Sitting adjacent to the main arterial route from the M60 into Manchester and exposing full frontal glory to the new City of Manchester Stadium, this is one bill board that is impossible to ignore. Exposure was even claimed for airline passengers on the flight path into Manchester Airport!

During the planning application process our client had to guarantee to the Gas-o-meter owners Transco, that clothing the structure would in no way detract from it functioning as originally intended. Therefore prior to receiving approval, extensive structural engineering calculations were produced which predicted that by wrapping the skeletal steel frame within a web of suitably tensioned stainless steel cabling the structure would not deflect sufficiently to stop the rise and fall of the gas chamber within. Thankfully the calculations were spot on and the resulting fully clothed gas holder continued performing unhindered and as unabashed as it had when naked!

An additional USP of this site was that the cable net devised for carrying these super large printed banners allowed for quick, 8-hour removal and re-installation of the media so that a pair of eyes seeing it on the way to work in the morning would be exposed to a different campaign on the way home in the evening. Striking visibility has always been the life blood of the advertising industry.

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2002Centrica

Client

RAF Museum Hendon

Location

Windsor

Contractor

Beck Interiors

Fabric

PVC

Product

Art Installations
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Suspended Silk Fabric Sculptures

Jan Blake asked us to manufacture tensile fabric sculptures that she had designed for her client Centrica Head Offices in Windsor, which she could then paint artwork directly onto. The structures were to provide a dynamic use of interior space and to be unique features to impress visitors at the offices. 

Our Solution

We manufactured the three sculptures which included the silk fabric, patterning and attaching the fabric to the frames. We were also on site to assist with the installation. This type of material is very delicate and therefore we took extraordinary care to ensure manufacturing went smoothly.

Results

The finished objects work very well in their new environment. Jan Blake was extremely pleased with the forms produced and she painted them in our factory. Centrica were also very pleased with their re-vamped offices.

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2008Exhibition Road

Client

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Location

London

Architect

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Contractor

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Fabric

Stainless Steel

Product

Art Installations
Event Structures

Services

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management

Stainless Steel Structure

This curved stainless steel structure was conceived by LDS for Architecture Week, it was fabricated and installed in Exhibition Road for the day then moved and permanently reinstalled at the architects practice in the evening following the exhibition.

Solution

Base Structures provided detail design input, fabricated and installed the structure and dealt with the site logistics, all project managed by Mark Smith. 

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