On her majesty’s service…

February 14th, 2017 Posted in: Lakesmere, Project Focus

In the month that the Queen celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee and became the UK’s longest reigning monarch, we take a look at some of the projects within our own portfolio that pay homage to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Terminal, Heathrow Airport

The Queen’s Terminal, Heathrow Airport

The Queen’s Terminal, Heathrow Airport

Upon completion, Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 was renamed as the Queen’s Terminal and with its majestic design, it’s a fitting tribute. Working with main contractors Laing O’Rourke and Ferrovial who formed the joint venture HETco, Lakesmere was awarded the prestigious contract to create the terminal building’s undulating waveform roof that was designed by architects Foster & Partners. Overall, Lakesmere’s extensive contract saw the installation of some 45,000m² of Kalzip aluminium and approximately 6,000 m² of glazing to create the complex ‘eyebrow’ shaped roof.

Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre, Glasgow

Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre, Glasgow

Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre, Glasgow

Forming part of the campus of Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the state of the art teaching and learning centre reigns supreme thanks to its striking façade which has been designed by BMJ Architects. Working with BAM Construction, Lakesmere delivered the facility’s attractive shingle façade that comprises three complementary colours of blue, green and grey as well as the gold cladding to the separate auditorium building.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Another pioneering medical facility named after Her Majesty, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham holds court thanks to its striking architectural design that features three sloping elliptical Kalzip aluminium roof structures designed by architects BDP. Lakesmere was appointed by main contractor Balfour Beatty to design and install the roofing packages, in addition to delivering the rainscreen cladding to the hospital plant rooms and chimneys, and a sweeping feature-walkway to the main hospital entrance.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Several contracts were awarded to Lakesmere as part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy works but the jewel in the crown of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is The Stadium. Lakesmere worked closely with main contractor Balfour Beatty to realise the iconic vision of architects Populous to transform the former Olympic Stadium by installing the dramatic new acoustically insulated membrane and transparent polycarbonate profiled roof. Boasting some pretty impressive statistics, at 45,000 square metres the new roof is twice the size of the original roof covering and with a span of 84 metres at its deepest point, it is the largest gravity supported cantilevered roof in the world.

Here East

Here East

Also set in the stunning grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is Here East, one of Lakesmere’s more recent and complex contracts. The former International Broadcast Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games has been given a new lease of life to become Here East, an innovative digital cluster that features a bespoke façade that has been designed by Hawkins Brown and which takes inspiration from the ‘dazzle camouflage’ used on battleships during World War I. Appointed by main contractor Laing O’Rourke, teams from Lakesmere and McMullen Facades worked together to design, manufacture and install the glazed unitised curtain walling system that features a unique digital frit pattern, comprising over eight million ceramic dots that cascade at different diagonal angles.

Queen’s Award

Queen’s Award

Queen’s Award

As well as featuring highly within our project portfolio, the Queen also made 2015 a year to remember for the Lakesmere Group when we proudly received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

After 65 years at the healm, Queen Elizabeth has certainly made a lasting impression on the country, its landscape and our own project gallery – thank you ma’am!

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