Case Studies Greenwich Gateway Pavilions

Greenwich Gateway Pavilions

Client: Knight Dragon
Architect: Marks Barfield Architects (MBA)
Principal contractor: Wates
Structural engineer: Price and Myers
Tata Steel products: Kalzip® and Kalzip® XT standing seam roofing system
Roofing contractor: Lakesmere Ltd.
Year: 2014
Images: Images courtesy of Tim Soar and Lakesmere

Greenwich Peninsula in London is one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes for the developer Knight Dragon. In a prime location on the River Thames, the project was launched to create a thriving new district including residential, commercial and public buildings.

The challenge

Marks Barfield Architects won the design contract for the Peninsula’s signature development, Greenwich Gateway Pavilions.  Housing an art gallery, food venues, offices and marketing facilities, it would be the first completed project at Greenwich Peninsula.

Coupled with the prominent location - defining the southern edge of Peninsula Square – it demanded a design that would exemplify Knight Dragon’s ambitious vision for the new district.

The design of the Gateway Pavilions refers to Greenwich’s famous maritime heritage. The curved form of the 82m long canopy posed an exciting challenge for Kalzip and specialist building envelope contractors, Lakesmere, who provided and installed the roof.

The solution

A combination of Kalzip® and Kalzip® XT aluminium standing seam profiled sheets were specified to realise the challenging roof design. The roof incorporates 500m2 of Kalzip XT and 200m2 of Kalzip pre-curved tapers.  The Kalzip XT profiles were produced using Kalzip’s patented roll-forming technology.

Adaptable Kalzip system profiles can be formed into any shape and are suitable for any pitch from 1.5° upwards. The multi-component system offers a range of benefits including low weight, durability and speed of construction.

Collaboration and adoption of Level 2 BIM methodology were key to efficient and timely delivery of the roofing project. Kalzip worked closely with the Lakesmere team, the architect, main contractor and steelwork contractor. Data sharing and use of the 3D virtual environment minimised both the design time and the lead time for delivery of manufactured Kalzip XT sheets on site.

Greenwich Gateway Pavilions won the RIBA London Award 2016.

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