Going global – Lakesmere’s international journey continues

October 10th, 2017 Posted in: Business Development, Lakesmere

With the completion of a major infrastructure contract in Hong Kong almost in sight, Lakesmere’s international team is making a name for itself across Hong Kong and South East Asia. Tim Moxey, Lakesmere’s international business development manager takes a look back at Lakesmere’s journey so far and discusses what’s next on the horizon for the roofing and cladding specialists.

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It was back in 2009 when Lakesmere first ventured into the international construction market and our strong heritage here in the UK has been instrumental in helping us to establish a solid foundation on which to build our overseas order book.

Our experience of delivering technically complex and large scale complex roofing contracts such as Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2, The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Aquatics Centre and the new flag-ship Canary Wharf Crossrail station has served as a great introduction and has led to some fantastic new opportunities and milestones be proud of.

Making the move

Soon after establishing our first overseas office in the Middle East, we secured several contracts in the education and transport infrastructure sectors. Most notable was our largest contract to date, a US$100m roofing contract for the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Here, the Lakesmere team was responsible for engineering, manufacturing and installing 350,000m2 of coppershine aluminium standing seam roofing, making it the world’s largest single roofing project.

Another milestone came in 2015 when, in recognition of our success in the overseas construction market, Lakesmere was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. In the same year, Lakesmere expanded into Asia and we established our first dedicated office in Hong Kong to support our work on one of the region’s most significant infrastructure projects – the new passenger clearance building for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Pushing the boundaries

The new passenger clearance building has been a fantastic scheme to be involved with and we have enjoyed working closely with main contractors Leighton and Chun Wo, with whom we hope to have a long-lasting relationship with.

Our appointment was to complete the design, procurement, manufacture, and installation of approximately 55,000m2 double curved aluminium standing seam roofing for the new passenger clearance building, in addition to the rainwater gutters, bullnoses and perimeter fascias. This has been a really technically complex contract as we were tasked with designing the roofing system to meet stringent thermal and acoustic requirements and also to withstand typhoon wind loadings.

Site conditions were also challenging owing to the project’s close proximity to Hong Kong Airport and so we pioneered the use of off-site construction techniques to manufacture and assemble the 16m long roof cassettes. To successfully deliver this innovative approach, Lakesmere established a dedicated off-site manufacturing facility in China where the components that form the complete roof cassette units were manufactured and assembled before being fitted to sections of steelwork and delivered by barge to be positioned on site.

International experience, local support

We recognised early on that it was vital that Lakesmere’s work in the South East Asia was supported by a local team. Based on our successful business model that has brought us such success in the UK and in the Middle East, our local team comprises talented individuals that bring with them a wealth of experience in delivering complex and high-profile construction contracts.

Chris Riddler, Lakesmere’s Asia general manager, has over 30 year’s construction experience, 18 of which have been spent working in Hong Kong. Working together with our senior project manager Mike Moloney, both Chris and Mike continue to play a key role in strengthening Lakesmere’s position across the region. I am of course also proud to be part of our local team and by drawing on my previous experience of being part of Lakesmere’s operations across the Middle East, I am looking forward to building Lakesmere’s brand in the Asia Pacific region and growing its client base and order book, with a particular focus on the infrastructure, transport and stadia sectors.

Looking ahead

Thanks to the support of an experienced local team and a proven track record of reliable project delivery, the technical expertise and excellent client service that Lakesmere has long been known for in the UK certainly hasn’t been lost in translation.

Our work on the Passenger Clearance Building is almost complete and is looking stunning. This was a highly complex, design intensive project with incredible logistical challenges and I’m pleased to say that the project has gone extremely well. On the strength of this we have established great relationships with major clients in the region and have a number of opportunities in the pipeline.

These are exciting times for Lakesmere International.


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