Construction Photography of the National Innovation Centre
I have been following the build of the National Innovation Centre in Newcastle since early June 2018. I was initially asked to take construction photography images for the Steel Erector and Fabricator, J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd, based in Glengarnock Scotland. I was introduced to Bowmer & Kirkland’s site manager, they were awarded the contract for the build of the National Innovation Centre in 2017.
J&D Pierce were contracted by Bowmer and Kirkland to fabricate and erect all the steel for the project. According to J&D Pierce’s website 745 tonnes of steel were fabricated and erected within 11 weeks, that’s a remarkable achievement, given the complexity of the project and the beautiful design.
Construction photography to monitor site progress.
As the early construction site photographs show, the National Innovation Centre of Newcastle’s beauty is not immediately apparent! The view you see below was taken from the terrace of the USB ( Urban Science Building).
Viewpoint for construction site progress photograph of NIC Newcastle
Here is a photograph below of the Urban Science Building , allowing you to see exactly where the above construction photograph was taken.
Trying to find advantageous viewpoints to take construction photographs within a congested city centre, such as Newcastle upon Tyne is not easy!
I was fortunate enough to be given access to an office in Newcastle, which gave a perfect viewpoint from which to take progress photographs of the build. The construction photograph you see below was taken in July 2018.
Being a construction photographer requires you to research every available ( safe ) option to find good angles for a photograph. Using a Canon Wide Angle Tilt and Shift Lens I was able to get this lovely shot whilst remaining within the site compound. I will also point out here that I am a CSCS card holder and I was also accompanied whilst visiting the site, following a site induction, as safety is of the utmost importance. Below you can see the beautiful design in more detail.
Not a drone photograph of the National Innovation Centre
Although the construction photograph you see below may look like it was taken from a drone, in actual fact it was taken up in a MEWP hired from One Stop Access based in Scotland.
Construction photographs taken at different times of the day.
It has been interesting to photograph the construction of the National Innovation Centre at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. The building in sunlight seems to take on a life of its own, looking light and airy. In contrast however, when I have taken photographs of the building in the rain , it has looked sturdy and steadfast, ( just my personal opinion). Maybe Im getting attached to the building!
Contrast the early morning image above taken from the USB building, with the shot taken from just opposite the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle. (image below)
Construction photographs taken during inclement weather
Its not always a sunny day when I’m out taking construction photographs on site! You have to make the most of the weather conditions and as a Commercial Photographer I need to be able to work with the conditions I am given. This show was taken in the rain only a couple of months after the above image was taken .
Colour photograph showing the National Innovation Centre in Newcastle taken in the rain. The colours are beautiful. They don’t show up quite so much in this very low resolution image for the website.
Latest photographs of the National Innovation Centre 1 Dec 2018!
I took these construction progress photographs this morning, Saturday, 1st of December 2018 at approx 7:30 am. It was pretty cold outside, only 5C but worth facing the cold to get these photographs. I’m willing to travel and work any time of day to get the right results!
Latest updates on National Innovation Centre 19 Feb 2019!
Firstly, many thanks to Mark Stanley, Senior Site Manager for North East and Scotland for Bowmer and Kirkland, for showing me around and highlighting many of the fascinating details of this building.
The Core Newcastle Helix
There is so much going on and so many beautiful buildings to see! Here are a couple of my photographs of The Core, part of Newcastle Helix.
At a glance info on the National Innovation Centre
“It will house three national centres; the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) which works with research specialists, businesses and the public to facilitate the commercialisation of key products, services and technologies to help people live better, longer lives; the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) which works on opportunities offered by the explosion in digital data and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) which applies Big Data analytical tools to reveal global trends in health innovation.
Newcastle Helix, a £350M urban regeneration project and the largest of its kind in the UK, is a new urban quarter in the centre of Newcastle which will provide a blueprint for sustainable urban development.” ( Quoted from Newcastle Helix Site)
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Construction Photography Awards
Finally I’d just like to add I was awarded Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018 via The Master Photographers Association, I am very proud to have received this award. I also gained an Award of excellence for my Commercial Photography. I travel UK wide and have full Professional Indemnity, Public Liability Insurance, I’m DBS Certified and I’m a Construction Photographer with a CSCS Card. If you’d like to get in touch call me on 07817 512 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org