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.
As one of the world’s largest engineering consultancy practices, Arup commissioned a futuristic design, merging the digital world into physical architecture. Following the No.8@Arup competition and DaeWah Kang Design’s winning entry, “Heart of Arup,” Base were approached to source, supply and install this innovative art installation.
Forging a relationship with the design team, Base was approached to source, supply and install the stainless steel cable system and aluminium stretchers for this exciting project. Our challenge was to develop a suitable design for the project that not only met the budget constraints, yet was also delivered to an extremely tight deadline for the installation – within one weekend! After successful completion, Arup is now able to experiment with the installation and we’re excited to see what this could mean for the future of media architecture.
The Heart of Arup is an interactive multimedia experience that now gracefully hangs within the atrium space at Arup’s global headquarters in London. Social media feeds from the company’s network, Yammer, and is visible within the six storey office. The art installation can be seen from many different points within the building, encouraging a natural form of communication from both public and working spaces.
Architects LOM designed four large tensile fabric ‘shards’ forming a sculptural interpretation of the bank’s red logo for the atrium of their Dublin head office in Grand Canal Square.
In collaboration with Stretch Ceilings UK, Base coordinated the design of all the steel rafts as well as the fabrication and suspension of the largest hanging shard. The dramatic shapes which dominate the space were achieved with our unique combination of design, manufacture and rope access installation skills.
In the summer of 2012, Bristol based artist Jan Blake received a commission for a new installation inspired by the suspended silk sculpture ‘New Leaf’ which we helped Jan create in 2005 for the DEFRA HQ in London. A ‘visionary outside-in, inside-out spatial perspective’ inspired by Architect John Tiah, this time the suspended artwork was to be installed a little further from home in Beijing, China.
Using the same construction methods as before but to a slightly smaller scale, we patterned and manufactured the natural silk organza fabrics and fitted them to bespoke steel frames. After Jan had worked her artistic magic by individually hand dyeing the leaves in her studio, they were carefully crated at our Bristol Factory and shipped to Beijing where they were met personally by Jan and her team of specialist riggers who carried out the delicate install.
Commissioned by The Art Management Specialist in Hong Kong, a series of twelve hand painted silk leaves measuring 3.5 metres long by 1.6 metres wide now tumble down from the atrium ceiling of the Indigo Shopping Centre.
Base Structures recently helped bring to life the street walkways of the O2’s new retail development, the Designer Outlet Village. A total of 8 canopy masts were positioned in its walkways, with 4,744 aluminium white diamond petals and 5300 white discs in two sizes suspended from stainless steel tensioned nets.
The final result is a stunning decorative ceiling giving the mesmerising impression of hanging petals, with the ‘tree trunks’ created using glued laminate beams.
We’re proud to be involved in such a unique project, working with a team over the course of 11 weeks to design, prototype and see the project through to a high-quality installation. We are really happy that the results speak for themselves, and visitors to the O2’s new Designer Outlet Village are now greeted with an impressive feature and visual effect that we hope will put a smile on shopper’s faces for years to come.
We are excited to announce a new city dressing service designing, creating and installing stunning displays in town centres and retail areas around the country.…
The South Plaza is a 10 hectare site located between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, re-landscaped after the Games by James Corner Field Operations (responsible for the successes of the New York Skyline landscaping project).
Base were tasked with installing a steel cable system to suspend 86 perforated steel lighting globes inherited from the Olympic Games. Running the length of a tree lined boulevard the cables will eventually be virtually invisible within the tree canopies as they grow over the coming years, creating the illusion that the globes are floating above the walkway.
Two pairs of tensioned steel cables are used to suspend each globe, connected to steel masts carefully positioned between the trees in such a way that they blend into the landscaping. The effects at night are certainly dramatic when the glowing orbs highlight the route for pedestrians.
Originally used as a thoroughfare for spectators on their way to the Olympic Stadium, the South Plaza now boasts illuminated tree lined boulevards, play parks, a small performance amphitheatre and benches aplenty.
Our client required a specialist rigging contractor to install the fittings, support system and fibre optic rope lighting at their new commercial residential developments in the Bristol Harbourside.
The installation was named the Parallax and was the keystone feature in the completion of this development being part of the planning regulations. Rigging projects such as this highlight the diversity and versatility of the services our installation team can offer.
Our brief was to install temporary wraps to the columns at the entrance of Tate Britain, as a special feature linking in with the David Batchelor artwork exhibition taking place at the time. The wraps acted not only as an advertisment for the exhibition but were a vibrant and imaginative use of the existing buildings architecture.
The project was more complicated than it looked as each natural stone column is unique and therefore each one had to be individually surveyed by our climbers before patterning the fabric to suit. We manufactured the wraps from fabric printed to the colours specified by the artist and installed them at night, once again using ropes access techniques. The Tate Britain Museum were extremely pleased with the result of the finished product and the high quality.
A wide range of shapes and fabrics for the internal structures were employed ranging from internally lit tensile lycra cones to multi-coloured silk flags for a Himalayan inspired feature.
Tapered prisms were suspended above the check out desks wrapped in a leaf patterned fabric. A golden brown silk fabric was tensioned onto lightweight leaf shaped frames and was grouped on branches as well as being suspended in an array of twenty above a main aisle. Finally in an external courtyard triangular mesh fabric sails were tensioned between stripped bark timber poles set in concrete foundations to act as a sun shade.
Van Hage Garden Park is an excellent example of the range of fabrics and forms that can be used to good effect in one project.
With a maximum of 24 guests allowed at any one time and spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, this is the ultimate safari experience.
We manufactured and installed The Hub’s canopy which is suspended from the surrounding buildings, a tricky feat of engineering and a test of our 3D modeling systems. The hub is constructed from a three chord rolled steel truss which is clad with steel panels and supports a state of the art inflatable ETFE cushion.
The Hub will be the first permanent outdoor 3D sound performance space in the country. The Hub’s 3D sound system can be configured to broadcast any live or recorded sound. A unique ambient ‘soundscape’ has been composed for The Hub by Illustrious Company. The soundscape will provide an immersive sound experience and will include elements of recordings made in and around Workington in October 2006.