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Packman Lucas was established in 1983 and since then we have won many awards for the quality of our design and the sensitivity of our restoration work. Our work is centred on the construction industry but includes a great deal of public art, stage set design, product design and specialist installations. We try consistently to add value to a project with our experience in innovation, and our commitment to cost effective engineering. As well as being the principal of the practice, Ron Packman is also an Associate Director of Heatherwick Studio.
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Facit prototypingFacit is a new way of building homes that fuses digital expertise with architectural excellence to create high performance homes more easily, quickly and affordably. Facit creates a full 3D model of your home, adding layers of information to the computer model that includes ductwork, lighting, electrical layout and services, with a view to minimising the carbon footprint. With everything in place, the computer model is is broken down digitally into the individual component parts that will be created and put together on-site. We have been helping Facit develop the timber building blocks that are constructed out of plywood sheets. We recently produced a 1:4 scale model out of acrylic sheet to better understand how the cut pieces are put together to form the typical floor cassettes, which helps us to better engineer the building blocks. Packman Lucas are also currently developing two private residential schemes with Facit utilising their system. Go to www.facit-homes.com for more information.
Wind tunnel testingAs retained engineers for one of the UKs largest solar panel installer; Solar Century, we have developed hundreds of bespoke solar panel array support systems. As part of our continued innovation in this field, we have been developing a unique method of installing solar panels onto existing flat roofs using nothing but a vacuum. We recently took our prototype down to the university of Southampton for the first round of testing in their wind tunnel, and the initial results show great promise. With only a modest propeller vacuum pump keeping the array suctioned to the floor of the wind tunnel, we were obtaining vacuum pressures exceeding the required values by a factor of ten!
Shoal leaf prototypeThe Shoal, Statford has recently started with the foundation works on site; the project on track to be completed before the London Olympics 2012. The 100 leaves for the 400m-long art installation are being constructed in the Netherlands by Sorba. The leaves are made from a GRP shell measuring about 6m wide by 3m high and weigh about 400kg. The leaves will be clad in thin sheets of anodised titanium of varying shades. We spent a day visiting Sorba's facilities in Holland, inspecting a prototype leaf. Various fixing methods and layout patterns of the sheets were being tested using stainless steel sheets.
Royal Docks BathsAs part of an initiative to regenerate the Royal Docks and the hinterland surrounding them, Newham Council has implemented a programme known as ‘Meanwhile’. In broad terms this entails inviting proposals from developer/designer teams for the ‘temporary’ use of council owned sites in and around the Royal Docks. Packman Lucas teamed up with Architects Egret West and Sustainability / Renewable Energy Consultants XCO2, and focused our collective attention on an area of water known as ‘Pontoon Dock’, close to the Excel Centre. What emerged from this collaboration is a floating Spa / Leisure Centre set alongside a floating bridge link across Pontoon Dock itself. The facility is designed to open up in the warmer months to give open air conditions, whilst being able to become fully enclosed and well heated when the weather is cold. We are delighted to announce that our proposals have been judged as one of the winners of the competition and that we will be taking our proposals forward to procurement and implementation. Visit www.royaldocksbaths.com for more info!
Gingerbread manThe UK’s largest edible gingerbread man was unveiled at Sainsbury’s in Newport recently to raise money for Comic Relief. We worked with Russel Beck Studios to create the 15ft tall replica of the supermarket’s 'Mr Red Nose gingerbread'. We worked out the scale and structural support, and a team of bakers prepared the form and decoration, which included eyes, nose and mouth made out of coloured chocolate!
Shoal prototype IIThe prototype leaf, built by Sorba in the Netherlands, has now been erected beside the Royal Albert Dock. A team from Packman Lucas and the fabricators, Littlehampton Welding, installed the sculpture so the design team could get a feel for how it moves in the wind. The final installation will consist of these 100 leaves, supported on steel masts along the roadside through the centre of Stratford, ready in time to greet the visitors to next years 2012 Olympic games.
Facit - Bower HousePackman Lucas has been working on a self-contained tree house apartment; our second project with Facit. The project is currently on-site, under construction by Bowerhouse Construction in East Harptree near Bristol. We developed a series of inclined larch poles, forming rigid pyramidal supports for a timber grillage. This provides a platform for the Facit building system to sit on, 3.5 metres above the ground. The larch frame for the first stage of the project was recently completed and is looking good!
Eaton Centre, TorontoThe prototyping was recently completed for a light installation in the Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada. The main installation, designed by Packman Lucas and United Visual Artists, will consist of 83 ‘prisms’ supported on wire rigging from the eaves of the barrel vaulted roof. These prisms are filled with fully programmable LEDs to create a huge variety of light patterns down the hall. The prototyping was deemed a huge success and the main installation will be installed before the end of 2011 by the fabricators, Lumid.
Facit - Bower HouseWork has recently been completed on the semi prefab tree house, Facits Bower House. Bower House is located in the grounds of a Grade II listed English Heritage building; Harptree Court. The client decided to expand the business by creating a distinctive outdoor space for guests. Harptree Court is an award winning country house bed and breakfast, now with an added tree house guest room available.
Atelier HouseWe have designed a very modern private residence in Barbados, which is nearing completion. The frame of this building is part reinforced concrete, and part reinforced hollow block. This makes the building naturally robust, allowing us to achieve the required earthquake resisting performance, while maintaining an open plan living space.
Facit - TringFacit have completed their first project where the superstructure timber cassette system has been fully manufactured onsite. The CNC machine was kept in a shipping container to allow programming, cutting and the building of modular components to take place on the plot itself. Founded on a fast screw pile system the structure was completed very successfully within eight weeks. The build is due to be featured in the 2012 series of ‘Grand Designs’.
Shoal frame erectionThe first steel frames of The Shoal were erected just before Christmas. The frames will continuously be erected during night works until it is completed in early March 2012. The frames are towering at 18 m and can easily be seen from the elevated train lines and the bridge to the new Westfield shopping centre. The first leaves of the Shoal are scheduled to be erected mid-February.
Shoal leaf benchmarkThe first benchmark grp leaf, fully clad in anodised titanium, has been completed by Sorba in Netherlands, part of the Shoal art installation in Stratford Town Centre The leaf was checked for workmanship and to confirm the centre of gravity of the leaf, which would affect how it would hang from the steel trees. The leaves, 6.5 m wide and 3 m tall, hang freely and are attached to a bespoke damper to control the leaf movement in high winds.
UVA installationTogether with United Visual Artists, Packman Lucas recently designed a bespoke bracing system for a 10m high artwork piece to be erected in San Francisco. The brief was to provide an elegant and unobtrusive stability system to an existing hi-spec light installation. To achieve this we crafted a bespoke pressed steel bracket plate that could be cheaply manufactured and quickly installed onsite.
Shoal leaf fabricationPackman Lucas have made another visit to Holland to review the finishing touches to the first run of leaf sculptures. The first few are soon to be sent over to the UK to be installed on the masts by Stratford Shopping Centre.
Perran Foundry, CornwallPackman Lucas has made another visit to Perran Foundry, a world heritage site in Cornwall, to review progress to date. The sub-structure has been completed for the Old Office, Smith Shop and Hammer Mill Building and the steel stability frame is currently being installed. All the other structural matters are progressing well for the other 12 existing buildings.
Treehouse shortlistedHarptree Court Treehouse (Facit - Bower House) has been shortlisted in the Structural Awards 2012. Judges’ comment: "At first sight a tree house might not offer too much opportunity to utilise structural engineering expertise. On the contrary, the Harptree Court Treehouse has clearly benefited from an intelligent reconciliation of the structural demands with the most appropriate solutions. Triangulation of structure, simplicity of foundations and pre-fabrication of components – features we irregularly employ on larger projects - have been cleverly combined to produce a delightful result." Packman Lucas is shortlisted for the Award for Small Practices.
Hemis shortlistedHemis Monastic School has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2012. WAF is the world's largest festival and awards competition dedicated to celebrating excellent from across the globe. Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist gompa in Hemis, Ladakh nestled in the mountains of the Himalayas. we have returned from a site visit to monitor progress and the new monastic school is well underway with the Phase 1 prayer hall due for completion in October, ready for the 4th Annual Drukpa Council event. Singaporean architects P.A.C are shortlisted under the category for Education, Future Projects.
Stratford SlideAdventure Playground Engineers were commissioned to produce one of their slides for Waitrose. Packman Lucas provided the timber engineering behind the 42ft ‘LOVE Life’ slide at the entrance to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.
Tring on Grand DesignsTring will feature on the new series of Grand Designs. The programme will follow the journey of making the world's first on-site manufactured home using the Facit system. "Join Kevin McCloud as he meets Celia and Diana, who plan a state-of-the-art home that will be a pioneering computer-cut house. Having renovated several older properties, they are now keen on building their home from scratch. Celia and Diana are bravely acting as guinea pigs for a team of young industrial designers who came up with the system but have never built a house before." The programme will air on Channel 4, Wednesday 19th September 2012 at 9pm. (Watch on 4OD: Series 8, Episode 2, Hertfordshire)
Fragment SculptureThe Fragment sculpture, in collaboration with UVA, hangs delicately within Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall and part of the Burj Khalifa complex. Aluminium U-channels and plates form the 421 identical octahedron modules which attached themselves to a structural sub-frame assembly forming the inverted pyramid. The pyramid has a 7.5m square base and is 7.7 m deep. The whole sculpture is then hung off the four corners of the atrium on pairs of 12mm diameter stainless steel cables. UVA also installed their trademark animated lighting within the structure to create fragmented shapes.
Shoal shortlistedThe Shoal, Stratford has been shortlisted for the 2013 Structural Steel Design Awards. The objective of the SSDA is to celebrate the excellence of UK projects in the field of steel construction. The Shoal is a 300m long art installation that has been incorporated into the public space around Stratford City Centre, one of the gateways to the Olympic Village. The freestanding facade consists of over-sized titanium clad leaves supported on an organic lattice of tubular steel framed trees. SH Structures were the steel fabricators for this unique and challenging project.
IStructE YSE AwardCongratulations to Kai Qu for winning the IStructE’s Young Structural Engineer of the Year Award, based on his project The Shoal, Stratford, awarded to “exceptional young structural engineers”. The award is well-deserved, on a difficult and complex project, and it’s great to get recognition like this. Well done Kai!
Disaster!Congratulations to Stephanie Wheeler! Her paper “How can structural engineers contribute towards disaster mitigation?” has been selected to receive a certificate of commendation for the IStructE’s Kenneth Severn Award. Well done Steph!
Sussex House completesOne of our feature projects of 2014, Sussex House, completed this year. We're very proud to see this wonderful home reach the industry headlines. Congratulations go to the architects, Wilkinson King. Look out for Sussex House on Dezeen, and in the Architects Journal.
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The Rolling BridgeArchitect - Heatherwick Studio Location - Paddington Basin, London Contractor - Littlehampton Welding As part of the master plan for the development of the Paddington Basin, three original bridges by three separate teams were commissioned to create street level points of interest. In collaboration with The Heatherwick Studio, Packman Lucas conceived the idea of a bridge that carried pedestrians when in place and turned into a sculpture when retracted Uniquely, this bridge rolls into a perfect octagon when not in use The project went on to win a 2005 Structural Steel Design Award
Paternoster VentsClient - Paternoster Development Ltd Architect - Heatherwick Studio Value - £385kThe Paternoster Development happened over a number of years and was a highly controversial scheme situated, as it is, alongside St Pauls Cathedral. The main electricity substation that serves the development is positioned below ground in part of the general piazza and requires a significant volume of air to pass through the cooling vanes in order for the equipment to function. The brief was to design a 'cooling tower' that would create the necessary 'stack effect' and yet have a street presence that would complement the development. The design evolved as a series of paper folding exercises and culminated in the design you see here - 6mm stainless steel 'Origami'.
SitooterieArchitect - Heatherwick Studio Location - Belsay Castle and Essex Project Value - £70k The Sitooterie is a traditonal Scottish garden shelter where one can 'sit oot'. Ours is one of twelve commissioned for a limited design competition at Belsay Castle in 1994. The core of our design is a cube, punctured by over 5000 spikes that project from all surfaces and lift it off the ground. The 2.4m cube is precision-machined to receive the spikes using a 5 axis CNC drilling machine, running on an output file from 'Rhinoceros'. The spikes themselves are 15mm anodised aluminium tubes, glazed with transparent orange acrylic at their tip. As these all point at the exact centre of the cube, it only takes a single light source, located at this central point, to send light to the tip of every spike.
Chipstead StreetArchitect - Wilkinson King Architects Location - Hammersmith, London Project Value - £850k This was a renovation of a period residential property in Hammersmith, South West London. We worked closely with Wilkinson King Architects to create a high specification, modern interior to this sensitive renovation project. The work meant stripping the building back to a shell and creating a full plan basement addition, whilst keeping the upper parts of the building temporarily supported on a series of frames.
Chiswick Green StudiosClient - Chiswick Green Sudios Ltd Location - Chiswick, London Contractor - C J O'SheaChiswick Green Studios began life as a collection of 1930's reinforced concrete framed factories. The project entailed constructing a completely new basement car parking level over the footprint of the site, which in turn required us to hold up each building on temporary supports whilst the soil was dug away and new foundations installed. In addition we added a completely new level of lightweight, glazed accommodation to create stunning new penthouses. At the time there was a keen interest in New York Loft apartments and the 'gritty nature of the buildings made for a relatively easy adaptation to their new role.
Harvey Nichols DisplayArchitect - Heatherwick Studio Location - London Project Value - £18kHarvey Nichols in Knightsbridge commissioned the Heatherwick Studio to design an installation for its windows to celebrate London Fashion Week. Rather than see the project as twelve individual windows, the studio chose to look at the building as a whole, producing a single idea that interacted with the architecture of the entire facade: a single 200 meter-long element, twisting across the shop-front, weaving in and out of the windows and climbing up the facade by up to ten metres. The element, which had to be both lightweight and capable of standing up to the strong winds in this corner of Knightsbridge, was constructed as a composite of birch aeroply with a core of expanded polystyrene. The installation took six months to construct and was in place for eight weeks. The project won the D&AD Gold Award from a field of 14,000 entries.
Private House in EsherArchitect - Wilkinson King Architects Location - Esher, Surrey Project Value - £1.6mThis is a bespoke residential property with an overall floor area of approximately 420sq.m (4,500 sq.ft) situated in Esher, Surrey. The building works were completed over a two year period. As part of the open, minimal feel, we designed the glazing, balustrade and staircase to be as visually light as possible. All of the ground floor walls around the living areas are given over to glass by setting in the round columns, allowing the first floor slab to cantilever out. Esher House received the RIBA Award 2008, the Building Design AYA Award 2005 and the Best Residential Design award from The Daily Telegraph in 2005.
Aberystwyth Arts CentreClient - Aberystwyth University Architect - Heatherwick Studio Project Value - £750kConstruction began in February 2008 on a cluster of eight creative arts business studios nestled in the woodland setting of Aberystwyth Arts centre. Working closely with the Heatherwick Studio, a design was developed for these single storey units incorporating a unique stainless steel cladding system which sheaths a prefabricated timber framed structure beneath. The stainless steel is in the form of a fine foil, 'dimpled' on a purpose made rolling machine and backed with spray-on polyurethane foam. In 2010 the Aberystwyth Art studios received the Civic Trust Award, and a 2010 RIBA Regional Award.
Crawley Wood CommissionClient - Ilfield Community College Artist - Fred Baier Location - West Sussex Project Value - £20kWhen Ifield Community College was developed several trees were felled to clear the site, including one particularly large oak, some 150 years old. Unusually West Sussex County Council decided not to simply cut it up and remove it, but to enlist furniture designer Fred Baier to turn it into something special. Fred has a wealth of experience in art and design and this coupled with his familiarity with timber and his recent movement into large scale public art made him the ideal candidate for this project. The ideas for our ‘Journey through a Log’ evolved over a number of enjoyable and engaging design sessions and culminated in what has become a very popular addition to the college.
Featherstone Sports HallClient - Featherstone High School Architect - DSP Architecture Project Value - £2.2mFeatherstone High School has earned a reputation for extremely high standards of achievement. As part of the Schools Investment Program a new extension was added to the existing sports building that more than doubled its capacity and raised the quality of fit out to a new level. The building features a pitched and glazed clear spanning space frame roof over the main playing area, with dance and exercise studios on the ground and mezzanine levels.
Featherstone Sixth FormArchitect - DSP Architecture Location - West London Project Value - £8mThis addition building to a flagship school in West London has a concrete substructure and a steel superstructure, and forms the new sixth form block; equipped with an underground parking facility, and bespoke timber IT suite. The spaces were designed on the basis that the people using them are working hard at their studies and deserve the best that we can achieve to make that process easier. In this connection the Head Teacher had a major input in defining how the spaces and circulation links would function. One of the features of the new extension is the specialist timber framed IT pod. The form of this was developed on our in-house CNC workshop, and the cut files were relayed to the contractor as the basis for his CNC manufacturing process.
Baden Powell CentreClient - The National Trust Architect - Wilkinson King Architects Project Value - £500kThis is a small but extremely important project on a nature reserve set on an island in the south of England. To mark the Scouting movement’s centenary when Baden-Powell first held his experimental scout camp on Brownsea Island, a new outdoor activity centre was developed on the Island in conjunction with the National Trust and English Nature. The two buildings forming the centre are inspired by the tents used in the original encampment. Prefabricated timber cassettes form the pitched roof, walls and floor with the foundations being on steel helical screw piles. The development is virtually carbon neutral. In 2008 the project was awarded a RIBA regional award - Wessex Region, and in 2009 won a CIAT award.
The Garden ClassroomClient - Heronsgate Primary School Architect - Burd Haward Architects Project Value - £23.5kIn conjunction with Burd Haward Architects and fabric specialists Kite Related Design, Packman Lucas developed an external classroom for use in the summer. Our aim was to produce a simple but functional space that allows the children to learn in comfort on a hot summer's day whilst keeping costs to a minimum. A one eighth CNC scale model allowed us to assess the strength and stiffness of the structure and allowed the architects to refine the geometry of the space. The model also helped Client visualise how the building would look, and how the space might be used. The garden classroom was highly commended the 2010 AJ Small Project section
The PyramidClient/Arch - Dransfield Owens De Silva Location - London, SE1 Project Value - £275k'The Pyramid' is the office of the architectural practice Dransfield Owens De Silva. Built on an existing foundation the structure is surrounded by period brick buildings and provides a striking contrast with its neighbours. The steel frame and soffit of the concrete deck are exposed internally and the design has been organised to minimise floor depths and give the maximum possible headroom on the three levels of accommodation it provides.
Longchamp StudioClient - Longchamp Architect - Heatherwick Studio Location - New YorkIn partnership with the Heatherwick Studio we were invited by Parisian fashion house Longchamp to design the company’s first contemporary flagship store in New York. With a retail space situated above street level, the challenge was to find a way to draw people up into the store from the street. Our solution uses natural light, from a large glazed core cut through the building, to draw people up a landscape, rather than a conventional staircase or escalator, to the floor above. Constructed in hot-rolled steel and taking six months to build, the stair landscape weighs 55 tonnes and is an installation of ribbon-like forms that divide and converge to form a topography of walkways, landings and steps.
Blue CarpetClient - Newcastle City Council Architect - Heatherwick Studio Location - NewcastleThe Heatherwick Studio won a competition to design the city’s first new public square for a century. Close to the city’s busy inner ring road and surrounded by a mix of building types, the long narrow site was more of a disused road than a square. The space was unified with a single surface using tiles, developed for the project over four years, consisting of blue glass from recycled Harvey’s Bristol Cream bottles set in white resin. The surface articulates around trees, distorts as it meets buildings, is perforated around bollards and is peeled back to form benches. The project went on to win a D&AD silver award and The Worshipful Company of Paviours’ annual prize.
Chelsea SquareClient - Private client Architect - Wilkinson King Architects Location - London, South Kensington This was a prestigious and valuable house with a dysfunctional interior. The architects were engaged to rethink the whole internal layout. This meant removing most of the cluttered internal structure and replacing with modern systems of support. The architect was keen that no structural intervention should be apparent. We managed to hide all new structural elements within the existing floors and walls, giving both architect and client the open and uninterrupted layout they desired. With intelligent design we were able to keep the building costs low, so that the budget could be spent on finishes, not structure.
The Eye, Procter StreetArchitect - Thomas Saunders Ptnrs Location - London, WC1 Project Value - £120mThis central London project involved the refurbishment and extension of three office buildings that were all built during the 1960’s. The client required the maximum possible lettable area for the building and this was achieved by adding two additional levels on the roof and extending the width of the existing floors by 15%. We were not allowed to modify the primary beams in any way, and so the additional floor space had to be achieved without altering the total weight of the building by more than 5%. This was accomplished by removing large areas of unnecessary concrete structure within the existing building and by using only lightweight construction materials for the additional areas that were introduced.
Stratford ShoalClient - Newham Council Architect – Studio Egret West Steel Fabricator - SH Structures Project Value - £4mThe Shoal is a 300m long art installation that has been incorporated into the public space around Stratford City Centre, one of the gateways to the Olympic Village. This is a freestanding facade consisting of over-sized 'leaves' supported on a series of tubular steel framed 'trees'. The leaves are diamond shaped panels, 6.5m wide and 3m tall, constructed from composites and clad in a skin of anodised titanium. They are hung using a hinged support in the manner of an inn sign and are designed to swing as the wind blows against them. The 273 diameter steel tubes are bent and pulled to form the organic trees. 3D modelling and analysis of the complex geometry was undertaken using finite element analysis software. The 3D CAD model was also used by the fabricator to produce the structure.
Crystal CourtArchitect - Cornish Associates Location - London, EC1 Project Value - £3.1mThis complete re-fit and extension of an existing reinforced concrete office building, to an extremely high specification, was one of the first high quality developments that began to change the nature of Clerkenwell. A new high grade concrete basement with was created, and to achieve the required high specification, was formed the SIKA system to produce a basement suitable for the storage of paper archives. A reinforced concrete frame with ribbed floors and solid beam strips was typically used throughout, and the top floor incorporated a mezzanine platform, and a curved Glulam roof structure.
Fashion Textile MuseumClient - Zandra Rhodes Architect - Ricardo Legoretta & Alan Camp Project Value - £3mZandra Rhodes commissioned Mexican Architect Ricardo Legoretta to convert an existing 1950’s concrete framed warehouse into a mixed use development. The brief was to provide for a museum, studio space, a cafe and book shops and ancillary residential accommodation. The proposed duplex units consisted of a 2 storey steel braced frame structure, with timber joisted floors and lightweight timber stud external walls to help keep dead loads to a minimum.
The CABE PylonClient - CABE / Birmingham City Council Architect - Block Architecture Location - Birmingham Town CentreIn May 2008 a 29m high, polished nickel-plated electricity pylon was erected to mark the launch of the 2008 Climate Change Festival in Birmingham, jointly organised by CABE and the Birmingham City Council. This is the first commission undertaken by CABE, the governments architectural design advisers, and Packman Lucas were asked to provide the structural engineering design. A pylon was chosen to represent the Climate Change Festival in order to challenge the viewer, and ask them to reassess how they view and consume energy. Power stations are positioned out of our city centres, and the pylon reminds us that the consequences of our choices are frequently hidden from view.
Fashion StreetClient - Meritcape Architect - Buckley Gray Yeoman Project Value - £3mThis was the refurbishment and reconstruction of a unique 'Moorish' style building on the south side of Fashion Street just off Brick lane. It was originally built as a speculative development in the late Victorian period by an eccentric individual who effectively created the first shopping mall. The Moorish facades were retained and repaired, but the interior went over to a clean, modern intervention with very efficient commercial qualities - natural lighting, maximum Nett to gross, etc.
Barking Town HallClient - Barking & Dagenham Council Architect - Hawkins/Brown Value - £120k Project Value - £120kThis is an example of an imposing government building that had become out of date by virtue of the changing role of the town hall and its associated administrative functions. The original arrangement had a two storey atrium as the main entrance, with matching flights of stairs at either side that gave access to a gallery on the first floor that also served the main council chamber. The atrium was topped with a generous roof light that made the whole entrance area light and open. Our brief was to design a fill-in first floor that would give the councillors a real ante space to circulate in, but at the same time, transmit as much light as possible to the ground level.
The V&A Porter GalleryClient - The Victoria & Albert Museum Architect - Block Architecture Project Value - £600k We were approached by the Victoria and Albert museum to design a completely new Audio Visual display gallery. The solution that emerged from our collaboration with the architects was a column-free space within the vast arched gallery. This was achieved by making the primary “box” construction out of lightweight aircraft type materials and suspending the entire ceiling construction on a multitude of 1.5mm wires anchored on the original vaulting above. This approach allows a free hand to the curators who are able to work with a space that is free of obstruction.
The Boiler SuitClient - Guys Hospital Trust Architect - Heatherwick Studio Project Value - £1mGuys Hospital is one of the largest and most important hospitals in Central London. The main entrance is located alongside the primary plant rooms for the hospital and as such represented a grim greeting to patients and visitors alike. The brief was to reclad the building in order to screen the louvres, extract ducts, removable panels etc, but to do so in a way that would permit free passage of both extract and intake air into the plant complex. Working in conjunction with The Heatherwick Studio we arrived at a design for venting the boiler house that was both effective and beautiful. This permeable cladding accommodated the increased airflow rates that were required, but more importantly transformed the whole of the entrance quadrangle.
Ringmore RiseClient - Matthew and Lesley Borowiecki Architect - Matthew Borowiecki Project Value - £350k Packman Lucas worked in conjunction with architect Matthew Borowiecki to design his self-build, five bedroom 300sq.m house, in an elevated location on a ridge near the Horniman Museum in South London. The views and elevated location were obvious starting points for the design which has a fully glazed wall to each end opening out onto a cantilevered elevated balcony from the living room overlooking central London. The house is simple in form with a natural slate pitched roof maintaining a low profile to the street. Packman Lucas developed a flexible building system with a Lithuanian timber specialist contractor. This house is the prototype for this type of factory made panel, enabling the erection of bespoke designed buildings at significantly reduced cost and time over conventional construction and rival frame systems.
Goodrich School PavilionClient - Southwark Council Architect - Eger Architects Location - London, East DulwichGoodrich Community Primary school in South London was in need of modernisation to meet the administration requirements of a growing school. We worked with Southwark Council and Eger architects to produce a single storey timber framed reception building, providing a coherent and secure entrance area to the school. The wall that is adjacent to the playground will be used to hang and display the children’s art, with the slit window to the roof and walls lighting the wall when the sun shines. Toilet and kitchen facilities were also provided to the back of the admin office which required new drainage.
Armani Exchange WestfieldArchitect: FDArchitecture Completed: September 2009 Location: Westfield, LondonThis glass light box entrance portal was central to the shop front design for the Armani Exchange store in Westfield Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush. The backlit glass panels are supported from a steel frame within. The frame and the support fixings were engineered so that no shadows were cast on the glass giving the portal an even depth of light. The shop front doors were designed so that when open they formed the side walls of the portal creating a seamless entrance to the store.
Clapham Park RoadClient: Coalition Ventures Architect: Harper Downie Project Cost: £2.5MThis former light industrial / office building was constructed in the 1950’s and was clad with distinctive pre-cast concrete panels fashionable at the time. With the building originally designed for industrial and office use, conversion to residential meant there was spare capacity within the structure to create two additional residential stories. A lightweight steel frame with timber infill was placed on the existing flat roof directly over the existing columns creating new duplex apartments. The whole of the existing building was refurbished and insulated to current building regulations. The external envelope was clad in timber and render to give the building a new contemporary “skin”.
Alwyne RoadArchitect - DSP Architecture Location - Islington, London Project Value - £400kPackman Lucas worked with DSP Architecture in the refurbishment of this semi-detached property within an Islington conservation area. A single storey glass box rear extension was incorporated to great effect. The retained rear porch was raised and resupported providing a clear view down from the stair landing internally. This project has been selected as a showcase feature for the 2011 RIBA Housing Sector Review.
The GlasshouseClient - Private Client Architect - DSP Architecture Location - LondonThe Glasshouse was built on a very tight site in central London, between a major tube line and several high value properties. We designed a system of perimeter concrete piles which allowed us to excavate a single storey basement, in order to maximize the square footage of the dwelling. This was particularly challenging as the neighbouring tube line (one of the busiest in Europe) is very close to the site boundary.
Facit Tree House Facit Tree House FacitArchitect - Facit Homes Location - Harptree, Somerset Contractor - Bowerhouse ConstructionHarptree Court is an award winning country house bed and breakfast. As a Grade II listed English Heritage building, the client decided to expand the business by creating a distinctive outdoor space for guest to stay in. In collaboration with Facit and Bowerhouse, Packman Lucas developed a unique tree house that blended within a grove of trees. The stilts supporting the main structure were designed to be as elegant as possible, such that the house appears to float within the trees. The whole construction process took less than four months. This short programme was achieved by using the Facit prefabrication system, which utilises a CNC machine to prefabricate the timber "building blocks".
Drayton ParkLocation - Islington, London Client - Galliard Homes Contractor - C J O'SheaAlongside the stunning Emirates stadium in central London we have created a unique block of 225 residential units. The reinforced concrete framed residential blocks are up to six-storey's in height, with the majority underlain by a single level basement car park. A Thames Water trunk sewer runs directly below the buildings at the southern end of the development and an underground railway tunnel runs partially under the north end of the site. The substructure used a combination of sheet-piling, bored piling, reinforced concrete rafts and transfer beams to ensure that the optimum design solution was used.
City of Westminster CollegeArchitect - Schmidt Hammer Lassen Location - London, Paddington green Project Value - £102m The City of Westminster College, together with the learning and skills council, commissioned a replacement main campus building for their Paddington Green site. The scheme, developed by Danish Architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, is an eight storey reinforced concrete frame building. 116m x 49m on plan with one basement level over approximately half the plan area, it features a large central atrium and dramatic raking columns. Packman Lucas were appointed by the main contractor to develop the scheme from RIBA stage E through to completion.
Sussex HouseClient - Private Client Architect - Wilkinson King Location - Sussex Orchard farm is a private residence located on the Sussex downs. The form of construction is unique, offering both spacious open plan and traditional living space in one form. This has been achieved by using a hybrid of steel framing and cross laminated timber shell. Sussex house won both the RIBA South East Regional award and the RIBA National award in 2015, and has been nominated in the Institute of Structural Engineers award in the Small Practice category.
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