Greenwich Gateway Pavilions, Greenwich Peninsula
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Greenwich Gateway Pavilions, Greenwich Peninsula

  • Client / Knight Dragon
  • Sector / Commercial, Residential
  • Architect / Marks Barfield
  • Main Contractor / Wates
  • Location / Greenwich, London
  • Products / Roofing
  • Completed / November 2014

As Lakesmere Group’s first completed BIM Level 2 contract to date, collaboration has been key to the successful delivery of a complex curved roof package for the new Greenwich Gateway Pavilions in London.

Designed by leading architects Mark Barfield, the Gateway Pavilions has created an iconic focal point for the wider regeneration of the Greenwich area thanks to its prominent location on the banks of the River Thames. As the central marketing hub for the Greenwich Penisula development, the striking structure also accommodates a gallery and cultural space, bistro and café.

Lakesmere was appointed by main contractor Wates to design and install the 775sqm roof canopy that connects the two curved glass-fronted Pavilions buildings. The roof features a combination of both standard and tapered Kalzip alongside the highly flexible Kalzip XT aluminium standing seam system. The sheets were specified in an attractive metallic gold finish to reflect and pay homage to the industrial heritage of the area.

The challenges of creating the entirely curved roof were vast and the use of BIM collaborative methods were vital to the successful delivery of the contract. The use of 3D was essential for checking that all items fit together while the BIM Level 2 information within the model helped reduced time and ensure accuracy on site. Lakesmere was also able to resolve all potential clashes within the BIM environment ahead of installation, such as coordinating outlet positions with the M&E and downpipes. By combining the architect’s 3D model and the main contractor’s steelwork model as the basis for its own, Lakesmere was again able to undertake early clash detection and resolve any problems with the steelwork early on.

The ability to isolate individual components reduced multiple drawing work, while amendments, such as a change to the gutter shape, were easily implemented to the master model and all drawings and linked documents were automatically updated. Components were purchased or manufactured from 2D construction drawings produced from BIM and, by using coordinating models, this ensured that procurement was aligned with the main contractor.

The use of BIM also improved supplier coordination and collaboration. Kalzip, using Rhino software, produced the schedule based on Lakesmere’s model which not only gave more accurate calculations but also increased efficiency by eliminating the need for Lakesmere team to schedule the individual Kalzip XT sheets itself.

The Greenwich Gateway Pavilions is planned to be a temporary structure that will remain in place for the next 20 years.

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