Quartermile: urban regeneration and modern Architecture in Edinburgh

Architectural photograph of urban regeneration at Quartermile district in Edinburgh

Urban Regeneration and modern architecture in Edinburgh

According to The Guardian “Urban regeneration is the attempt to reverse that decline by both improving the physical structure, and, more importantly and elusively, the economy of those areas. In all regeneration programmes, public money is used as an attempt to pump prime private investment into an area”

Architectural photograph of urban regeneration at Quartermile district in Edinburgh
Architectural photograph of urban regeneration at Quartermile district in Edinburgh. Photography by James Thompson. Client J&D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd.

The purpose of regeneration is to deliver a long-lasting solution

RG Group state that urban  regeneration is about bespoke solutions for local communities and continues to qualify this statement with “Critically, the purpose of regeneration is to deliver a long-lasting solution in the form of sustainable new communities. This often means looking at the needs and challenges of a location and its economy, and consulting with all stakeholders involved to establish current and potential issues. The end result should be a project that delivers on an economic level but is also tailored to serving the local community.”

Architectural photograph of urban regeneration at Quartermile district in Edinburgh
Architectural photograph of urban regeneration at Quartermile district in Edinburgh. Architectural photography by James Thompson.

Quartermile is built on the former site of the  Royal Infirmary

Demands of inner city urban regeneration are allowing modern architects to blend modern designs and building techniques with more traditional approaches. Quartermile is a marketing name, my guess is that usually a quarter mile takes approximately 5 minutes to cover at average walking speed. Quartermile is located within the heart of Edinburgh and is only a ‘short walk’ to some of Edinburgh’s key treasures.

Map of Attrations close to Quartermile
Attrations close to Quartermile. Map courtesy of Invest in Scotland.

The “Vision of Quartermile”

The urban regeneration of 19 acres of Edinburgh’s city centre into one of Europe’s premier business, residential and leisure quarters. Restoring the best of the historic buildings and integrating them with new architecture.

Photograph of luxury apartment buildings in Quartermile, Edinburgh
Urban regeneration is the vision of quartermile-making Edinburgh’s city centre one of Europe’s premier business, residential and leisure quarters. Architectural photography by James Thompson.

Masterplanned vy Foster and Partners Quartermile is truly a mixed use development and boasts some impressive stats ( thanks to Invest in Scotland).

  • GDV in excess of £650 million
  • 31 buildings
  • 8 listed buildings
  • 1100 homes
  • 400 000 square feet of Grade A office
  • 7 acres of public landscaping
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Quartermile Edinburgh- mixed use development. Photography by James Thompson

400 000 square feet of Grade A office space.

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Quartermile Edinburgh: beautiful example  of Grade A office space.  Architectural photography by James Thompson.  Award of Excellence for Commercial Photography.

 Impressive client list of Corporate Occupants at Quartermile

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Corporate occupants of Quartermile Edinburgh-image courtesy of Invest in Scotland.

I was commissioned by two clients to provide Architectural photographs of the completed buildings. One of them being the company responsible for much of the structural steel fabrication and erection, J&D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd, based in Glengarnock. You can find more information on their projects here.

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Q3-Quartermile-Cafe-Edinburgh. Architectural photography by James Thompson.
Q3-Quartermile-Cafe-Edinburgh. Architectural photography by James Thompson. 
Q3-Quartermile-Cafe-Edinburgh. Architectural photography by James Thompson.
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Urban regeneration. Retail area quartermile Edinburgh. Photography by James Thompson.

On the three occasions that I have visited Quartermile there has been a combination of rain and sunshine! I am a fan of glass buildings so it was a real pleasure for me to work o this project. My initial focus was to capture the Office and Leisure aspect of Quartermile. I than moved on to the Residential aspect both private and social.

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Edinburgh-Quartermile rmixed use urban regeneration. Architectural photograph by James Thompson.

Urban Regeneration: New affordable homes in Quartermile development.

Researching this topic for my blog, I found a very interesting article on affordable homes in Quartermile on Edinburgh Governments website.

The spokesman states that

“the Council was the first in Scotland to develop this policy, which specifies that 25% of the homes in any residential development of 12 or more properties in the city must be approved as affordable housing in order to gain planning permission. The objective of this condition is to deliver mixed, sustainable communities in all wards of the city. It is largely thanks to this policy that it has been possible to deliver affordable homes in a location where property prices are often at a premium.

The construction was also made possible by the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) which awarded £6.867 million of grant funding to be administered by the Council.  Hillcrest Housing Association invested a further £5.845 million to subsidise the social rented flats and funded the remaining 76 mid-market rent properties.

A total of 900 properties have been created on the iconic site of the old Royal Infirmary, 174 of which are affordable homes. The development is made up of a mixture of one, two and three-bed flats, with 98 available for social rent and 76 available at mid-market rent levels. Seven of the flats have been specially designed to be accessible for wheelchair users.

Housing Leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said: “The completion of high-quality, affordable housing in such a central and iconic location is a great achievement for the Council and its partners and is also an important milestone for social housing in the city.”

Full article from Edinburgh Gov available here: 

Photograph of affordable housing in Quartermile. Wharton Square, Lauriston Place Edinburgh.
affordable housing in Quartermile. Wharton Square, Lauriston Place Edinburgh.Photograph by James Thompson.

Research information/material  derived from:

Invest in Scotland Business Breakfast: Quartermile

Edinburgh Government new affordable homes in Quartermile development

Richard Murphy Architects: Wharton Square, Lauriston Place Edinburgh.

More from my portfolio of Architectural photography

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

Jaguar Land Rover Dealership Ayr- Park’s Motor Group

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Data Newcastle

V&A Museum Dundee

Dundee Railway Station

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 info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk

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Sleeperz Hotel Dundee-have a look inside!

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee-what a beauty!

Why am I drawn back to Dundee? Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station blend seamlessly together like Gin and Tonic! As you can see in one of my earlier blogs I was commissioned to photograph Dundee Railway Station by J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd , the structural steel fabricators and erectors of this amazing building. If you’d like to see the railway station images you can view them here.

Not enough time in Dundee to photograph the Sleeperz Hotel!

On my first visit to Dundee I didn’t have sufficient time to photograph the Railway Station and the Sleeperz Hotel. The day of my visit fell on a Scottish Bank Holiday and the V&A Museum in Dundee had only recently opened.

Dundee was packed. Dundee Railway Station and the Sleeperz Hotel are one and the same building. The hotel is above the Railway Station. The building is stunning and not what you expect when you think of a railway station. In my opinion it is a work of modern art that instantly reveals its beauty to the viewer.

So, I have returned to Dundee to capture the ‘inner beauty’ of this amazing building. It’s a freezing cold end to January and I can’t wait to get into the warmth of the Dundee Sleeperz Hotel!

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station. Photography by James Thompson

Freezing outside but a warm Dundee welcome and Reception!

There is a lift to take you to Reception at Level 2, no stairs to navigate unless you want to! Keen to see the inside of the upper levels ( above the station) its natural to hope that the interior will live up to the beautiful exterior. The lift doors slide away and I am greeted with a friendly smile from Manny Baber (didn’t know his name at the time) and a very modern looking reception area with beautiful glass walls revealing lovely views of Dundee.

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Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Reception. Photography by James Thompson.

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Reception

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-reception-area-showing-view-of-city. Photography by James Thompson

I love the contrast of the modern interior with that of the classic looking building opposite which I believe is the Dundee Malmaison. My initial intention was to photograph the Hotel and then return back to my accommodation in Glasgow. However, the feel of the building grabbed me and I decided to book a room for the night and return to Glasgow rested, the following day. This would also give me the opportunity to take some night photographs of Dundee. (images to follow).

Once checked in I was offered coffee and shown to the lounge which is literally the other side of reception. What a wonderful, cosy and welcoming area it is. I instantly felt ‘at home’ and relaxed and took advantage of the coffee before photographing the interior. I often have to pinch myself and remember this is work. It is such a lovely environment to be in! I could easily sit here and read a book, have a few more coffees and relax. Aware of the fact the nights still close in relatively early, I needed to get moving, not easy when you’re as cosy as this!

Photography of cosy Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge, very cosy! Photography by James Thompson.
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge. Photography by James Thompson.

Leaving the comforts of this delightful resting area I headed towards my room for the evening. I was informed that for photographers, or anyone else wanting a wonderful view, room 540 is the one to go for. Fortunately for me it wasn’t booked, until I got there and snapped it up!

Walking above the beautiful glass arch to get to my room.

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Traversing the corridor above the glass archway of Dundee-Railway-Station to get to my room. Photography by James Thompson.

Getting to Room 540 from Reception necessitates walking the full length of the building. That beautifully curved wall feels very long when you’re carrying two heavy camera bags and a tripod!

I would describe the inside of the rooms as modern, cosy and trendy. My understanding is that the interior design is the work of Kim McFarlane from Space Solutions.

They have offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow , Livingston and Aberdeen. I had the time to photograph Rooms 539 and 540. Both give great views. My favourite though is room 540. If your are going to stay in Dundee and you decide on the Sleeperz Hotel this is the room to go for in my opinion.

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Rooms 539 and 540.

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Room-539-shows-shower-and-bed. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Room-539. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Room-540 with view of Discovery Cafe. Photography by James Thompson.

Day time view of the V&A Museum Dundee from Room 540 window.

photograph of daytime view of the V&A Museum Dundee from Room 540 window.
Daytime view of the V&A Museum Dundee from Room 540 window. Photography by James Thompson.

If you are coming to Dundee for the sights and landmarks I don’t think you can get a better view than this. Its worth booking yourself into the Sleeperz Hotel Dundee just for this view alone! However, the evening views and early morning views are equally stunning, if not better. After photographing the rooms the light was starting to go so I decided to head to the Bar for a drink and something to eat. Hungry work taking photographs…

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Bar

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Lounge leading to the Bar. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Bar. Photography by James Thompson.

The staff here are very friendly and nothing seems to be any trouble for them. I ordered some food, Pizza with Goat’s cheese and a Pint of Peroni and decided to see what the view from reception was like now that it was dark outside.

Reception Area with evening exterior view of Dundee.

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-reception-area-with-night-view-of-Dundee.  Photography by James Thompson.

My food was ready so after enjoying my Pizza and the lovely Peroni I was then able to get a few photographs of the interior.

Views of the Sleeperz Hotel Restaurant

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Night-view-of-dundee-from-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-restaurant-window. Photography by James Thompson.

The image above shows my view whilst enjoying my Pizza. The images below are of the restaurant itself.

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View-of-restaurant-and-tv-area of Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-restaurant with view of V&A Museum. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-cosy-tv area. Photography by James Thompson.

Photographs of Dundee from Room 540

After photographing the restaurant which was now filling up ( i ate early so I could get my photographs) I returned back to my room. The beds are big and very comfortable. I made myself a coffee and waited for the appropriate light to get the shots I wanted from my window.

V&A Museum Dundee in evening light.

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View-of-V&A-Museum-at-night-from-room-540-of-the Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee. Photography by James Thompson.

Needless to say there is a downside to a view like this! You want to keep looking at it!

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view-of-Discovery-Cafe-and-Dundee-Premier-Inn-from-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-window

Im sure it was about 2am before I forced myself away and I knew I wanted to be awake early just incase the light was good!

Early morning Dundee Light!

I left my camera on the tripod ready and awoke at 6am waiting for the light to reveal more of that beautiful Dundee cityscape. The morning was very cold with quite a heavy mist but it wasn’t too bad early on.

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View-from-room-540-of-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-showing-Discovery-Cafe-and-Dundee-Premier-Inn. Photography by James Thompson.

Literally 20 mins later….

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View-of-V&A-Museum-Dundee-from-Sleeperz-Hotel -Room-540. Photography by James Thompson.

After taking these photographs I headed downstairs for breakfast. The breakfast is excellent with a great selection,. I opted for a full Scottish breakfast.

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Breakfast-in-the-restaurant-at-the-Sleeper-Hotel-Dundee. Photography by James Thompson.

After breakfast I headed back to my room and relaxed for an hour or so. I feel like I had experienced so much in such a short period of time. I managed to get an additional exterior shot just before I left from the 5th Floor looking out on to the Malmaison Hotel.

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View-of-Malmaison-Hotel-Dundee-from-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee. Photography by James Thompson.

So, I wasn’t expecting to stay, but I’m so glad that I did. The Hotel is an absolute delight and the staff are very friendly. The views from the Hotel are stunning so I can highly recommend a visit. I think I have caught the “Dundee bug” so I am planning to return in 4 weeks time to photograph more of this wonderful city. If you can recommend any wonderful buildings/ offices / sights Id love to hear from you.

This building is a wonderful testament to what can be achieved when the will and the talent is there. I read in one of Willie Watt’s posts ( about the Railway Station) that this is the first purpose designed station hotel in 100 years.

Hopefully there will be more to follow when those who are able, choose to do so. There is so much to be proud of here for Dundonians and so much for the visitor to see. I can’t wait to come back. Hopefully it will be warmer too!

If you would like to know more about the history, design and development of this building then take the time to read Willie Watt’s excellent articles.

Architects: Nicoll Russell

Engineers: Jacobs

Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Steel Fabrication and Erection: J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee : If you’d like a book a room direct via the hotel. 

Interior Designers: Space Solutions. 

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 info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk Enjoy Dundee!

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Capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover showroom!

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership showing shared entrance. Photography by James Thompson.

Capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover showroom!

Successfully capturing the essence  of  luxury brands in an image really comes down to your own subjective interpretation of the brand and also how you respond to the image presented to you. Luxury brands like Jaguar Land Rover spend a great deal of time, expertise and money on designing, building and  promoting products that they hope we will all aspire to own and covet. It’s a continuing challenge for a manufacturer in an ever changing political climate.

Capturing the essence of a luxury brand Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover Range Rover near Stanhope. Copyright of  James Thompson
Luxury brand Land Rover Range Rover at Stanhope by James Thompson
Luxury brand Land Rover Range Rover at Stanhope by James Thompson

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is on a journey that will affect almost every site in its retail network by the end of 2018 *

By the end of the process, JLR will have a total network of 138 sites, most of them dual-brand ‘Arch’ dealerships, with 35 franchised partners (falling from 41 in 2014). JLR said it will have 98 Jaguar franchise points and 125 Land Rover points, an increase of 15 and 10, respectively, over its 2014 network totals.

Each partner will invest between £2 million and £15m implementing JLR’s dual-brand ‘Arch’ concept as part of a network-wide investment of £1 billion.

Network Development Manager Sarah Nelmes is quoted on AM saying”;

“We needed to have a corporate identity that was relevant to our brands, that was premium, very distinctive, contemporary and corporate, but the strategy was also about bringing common ownership together in the same towns and I’m pleased to say that we are at the end of that phase now.”

Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson
Luxury brand Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.

The Arch concept and its progress

To date, a total of 10 Arch dealerships have been completed, 30 are currently being built, 23 of which will be completed by the end of the year.

Among the key features of an Arch site, as described by Nelmes, is a site sectioned into a 50:50 split of Jaguar and Land Rover, with a central reception desk.

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership showing shared entrance. Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership showing shared entrance. Photography by James Thompson.

Indoor service areas allow customers to deliver their cars in an indoor environment and staff use CitNow eVHC to monitor the vehicle on arrival and also film any work carried out.

Capturing the essence of the luxury brands in the building construction

Construction work was carried out by CCG Construction Group, based in Cambuslang, Scotland. CCG’s website details the build as follows:-

“Constructed using a steel frame and completed with high-spec curtain walling, features of the new Jaguar Land Rover facility, which is now open to the general public, include a panoramic glass frontage and open landscaping, both hard and soft, to the sides of the building.

capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Fascades.
capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Facades. Photography by James Thompson.
capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Facades. Photography by James Thompson.
capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Cladding. Photography by James Thompson.

The luxurious interior is complete with a display showroom for up to 12 vehicles on the ground floor with high-specification desk space for sales staff located on the ground floor. Office and meeting facilities are located on the first floor offering views across the showroom floor.

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.

A specialist workshop and parts department is also located to the rear of the building.”

Arc-Tech, in partnership with Hawthorne Boyle Ltd, provided a Design, Build and Commission mechanical and electrical package which includes highly specified showroom lighting, general internal power, lighting and emergency lighting, external lighting, power and illuminated signage, air conditioning systems, Heating and water services, specialist supplies to workshop equipment, supply and extract ventilation systems and drainage.

Professional Commercial Photography has an essential role in Marketing

Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership, Ayr. Photography by James Thompson
Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson

With millions of pounds spent on design and construction, the building perfectly reflects the image of the brand.

Parks Motor Group Land Rover Showroom, Heath Road, Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Land Rover Showroom, Heathfield  Road, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson.

I have been covering the construction of the new flagship Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Sunbury on Thames for J&D Pierce ( they fabricated and erected the structural steel at Sunbury and fitted the cladding here at Parks Motor Group JLR dealership in Ayr .) The JLR dealership in Sunbury has been described by Jaguar Land Rover as their ‘Global Statement Site” and it’s opening is linked with the launch of the New Jaguar I Pace and production of the new ‘Road Rover’ electric vehicle.

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Showroom, Heath Road, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Jaguar Showroom, Heath Road, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson.

Commercial Photography and Construction Photography

Commercial Photography and Construction Photography is my full time profession. I am a qualified Master Photographer of the Master Photographers Association. I can work with you at any stage of your project and I travel Europe-wide. References and testimonials are available on request.

I have provided links below to my sources of information and to the Constructors/ Architects involved in this project. You can contact me on 07817 512 234 or email me at info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk.

Parks Motor Group: Parks Motor Group

Parks Motor Group: Parks Motor Group Ayr

Cladding: J&D Pierce (Contracts Ltd) of Glengarnock

Architects: Nimmo and Partners

Contractor: CCG Construction

Mechanical and Electrical: Arctech

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Contract value: £4.3 million

Photography: James Thompson “Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018”

To see more of my work you can view my blog here: 

There are many more projects to add so please bookmark my site and refer back to it for latest updates.

Call James on 07817 512 234 or email if you would like to hire me or contact me re licensing use of any of these images.

How to find Parks Jaguar in Ayr:

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Architectural photograph by James Thompson showing Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Helipad

Architectural photographer-Glasgow  images of QEUH Helipad!

Architectural Photographer-Glasgow.  James Thompson is commissioned by Glengarnock  based JD Pierce Contracts Ltd. Objective is  to showcase the fascinating completed construction  of the Cantilever Pods and Helipad at  Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

One of my most interesting Architectural Photography Assignments!

I have worked on many fascinating projects as an Architectural Photographer, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital’s Cantilever Pods and Helipad are certainly near the top of the list!

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Stunning vast interior of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. ©JThompson

The sheer scale in volume of space inside the hospital is incredible. At first glance the Cantilever Pods do make an arresting image.

Architectural photograph showing brightly coloured cantilever pods in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow
Architectural photograph showing brightly coloured cantilever pods in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital  Glasgow. © James Thompson.

Working as an Architectural photographer in Glasgow

Working as an Architectural Photographer in Glasgow certainly provides you with amazing opportunities and challenges. Trying to represent the view in front of you in this scenario is quite a challenge.

Amazing Cantilever Pods Construction-how it’s done!

The stunning Cantilever Pods were “were prefabricated at our Glengarnock facilities, including cladding, floor decking, glazing and concealed lifting hooks. The pod modules were then delivered to site, lifted, and fitted onto a previously erected 12-storey high atrium bridge spanning 30m. This was done using a bespoke lifting frame for the project, with prefabrication eliminating the need for additional work on-site.” ( quote from JDPierce’s more detailed date sheet on their website).

Joining the old and new hospital via Link Bridges

Additionally, J&D Pierce erected two link bridges between the old and new hospitals. Using  in-house facilities to pre-fabricate and clad the bridges, this demanding transport job saw both link bridges, measuring 26m long and 8m high each.

Architectural image showing link bridge of cantilever pods-QueenElizabeth University Hospital Glasgow.
Architectural image showing link bridge of cantilever pods-QueenElizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. © James Thompson.

How the Steelwork challenges were overcome!

Both the upper floors and helipad consist of J&D Pierce steelwork which both sit atop the main concrete frame. The hospital, which sits at 13-storeys high, posed many logistical challenges. These issues were dealt with by firstly ensuring safe access for the erectors, with a system of spreading and back-propping. This allowed the tower cranes to begin lifting steel from ground level, simultaneously managing congestion on the limited access roads. Temporary design was carried out in-house to ensure the structure could carry the loads.

Architectural photograph by James Thompson of Cantilever Pods at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
Architectural photograph by James Thompson of Cantilever Pods at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. © James Thompson

Sustainable Refurbishment

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions quote on their site that ” In addition, in the cantilevered pods that are the most jaw-dropping element of the project, a 100mm Axiom profile was coupled with a bespoke 225mm Axiom profile and riveted together to create a 325mm bulkhead/upstand at a custom length of 3.6m. This particular method took just 25% of the installation time compared to traditional plastering methods.”

Plus “A variety of Armstrong suspension systems were used on the project including 70,000 linear metres of the Drywall Grid System for use with plasterboard ceilings (including curved DGS around the nurses’ stations in the wards), 12,000 linear metres of Axiom plasterboard-to-tile transition trims in corridors leading off a central atrium, 10,000 linear metres of Axiom profiles (which help with ceiling level changes, floating ceiling construction and lighting integration) and 40,000 accessories including connecting brackets, clips and hanging brackets. ” Link to full text.

Helipad Steel fabrication and erection by JD Pierce Contracts Ltd.

This is why my work as a photographer is so fascinating! Hospital Security kindly led the way to the amazing Helipad on top of the hospital so I could accurately record the amazing detail, design and construction of this incredible Helipad. Seen by so many people form afar everyday of the week! It’s an amazing sight.

Architectural photograph of walkway to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow's Helipad
Architectural photograph of walkway to QEUH Helipad. © James Thompson

Freezing cold but amazing views of Glasgow!

I can’t imagine how cold the JD Pierce construction workers must have been on this project!

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Architectural photograph of  QEUH Helipad at night.© James Thompson
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Architectural Photograph showing safety barrier on  Helipad. © James Thompson

View from the top showing Helipad and stormy Glasgow Night Sky.

Architectural photograph by James Thompson showing Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Helipad
Architectural photograph by James Thompson showing Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Helipad.© James Thompson

Aerial View of the Children’s Wing 

Aerial photograph taken from Helipad of Childrens wing of queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
Children’s wing of queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow © James Thompson

Car Park P1 Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

Architectural photograph of Car Park P1 Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow.
Architectural photograph of Car Park P1 Queen Elizabeth  Hospital. © James Thompson

Close up of amazing design and attention to detail for a car park!

Architectural photograph showing close up detail of Car Park P1 Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow.
Architectural photograph showing close up detail of Car Park P1 Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. © James Thompson

Architectural Photographer-Glasgow, Edinburgh and Scotland. 

I am based in Newcastle but I spend the majority of my time in Scotland! If you are an Architect, Construction Company, Civil Engineering Firm or Steel Erector and Fabricator and you are looking for service that matches the professional quality of the images you see here, then certainly get in touch.

I am a professionally accredited photographer with the Master Photographers Association ( awarded Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018) for my work on the ongoing Boeing Golden Care Hangar at Gatwick and won an Award of Excellence for my Commercial Photography. (Also 2018)

I am a CSCS card holder, have my own  PPE and have full professional indemnity and liability insurance.

I can design large photo displays to cover virtually any size wall from the images I have taken. Finally I can provide professional corporate headshots on site of your staff.

You can contact me via the online form here

Or you can call me on 07817 512 234  or email info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk

Many thanks, James Thompson LMPA

Location of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

Construction photography of National Innovation Centre Newcastle

photograph of National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing-Newcastle-Feb-2019

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.

Photograph of Construction worker on MEWP at Newcastle Innovation Centre
Construction worker on site at Newcastle Innovation Centre taken by James Thompson

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).

early stage Construction photograph of National Innovation Centre Newcastle
Construction photograph of National Innovation Centre Newcastle by James Thompson

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.

Photograph showing final construction of the Urban Science Building Newcastle
Urban Science Building Newcastle taken by James Thompson

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.

photograph showing construction site progress of National Innovation Centre Newcastle
Construction site progress of National Innovation Centre Newcastle by James Thompson

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.

Construction progress photograph of National Innovation Centre Newcastle
Construction photograph of National Innovation Centre Newcastle by James Thompson

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.

Aerial construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre Newcastle
Aerial construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre Newcastle J Thompson

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!

early July morning shot showing Construction of National Innovation Centre Newcastle
early July morning shot of National Innovation Centre Newcastle taken by J. Thompson

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)

Front view showing steel structure of National Innovation Centre Newcastle
Front view of National Innovation Centre Newcastle taken by James Thompson.

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 .

Construction photography taken whilst raining of the National Innovation Centre Newcastle
Construction photography in all weather. Image by James Thompson.

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.

Construction photograph showing -the National-Innovation-Centre-Newcastle in the rain
Construction photograph of the National-Innovation Centre Newcastle in the rain. JT.
Construction photograph of Urban Science Building and National Innovation Centre
Photograph showing construction of  National Innovation Centre by James  Thompson
Urban Science Building and National Innovation Centre
Urban Science Building and National Innovation Centre by James Thompson

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!

Construction photography showing the National Innovation Centre Newcastle in early morning December light
Construction photography showing the National Innovation Centre Newcastle in early morning December light! Photograph taken by James Thompson.
Construction photograph of National Innovation Centre early December Morning
Construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre taken by James Thompson
Construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre taken by James Thompson
Construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre taken by James Thompson
Construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre taken by James Thompson
Construction photograph of the National Innovation Centre taken by James Thompson
Construction photography showing glazing and diagram being installed on the National Innovation-Centre Newcastle
Construction photography showing glazing and diagrid  being installed on the National Innovation-Centre Newcastle. Taken by James Thompson.
Construction photography showing glazing and diagrid  being installed on the National Innovation-Centre Newcastle. Taken by James Thompson.
Construction photography showing glazing and diagrid  being installed on the National Innovation-Centre Newcastle. Taken by James Thompson. 7:30 am 01:12:2018.
Construction photography showing glazing and diagrid  being installed on the National Innovation-Centre Newcastle. Taken by James Thompson.
Construction photography showing glazing and diagrid  being installed on the National Innovation-Centre Newcastle. Taken by James Thompson. 7:30 am 01:12:2018.

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.

Close up photograph of National Innovation Centre showing gold diagram and dark glazing
Diagrid and glazing of NIC Newcastle. Photography James Thompson
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photograph of National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019. Photography James Thompson 07817 512 234
photograph of National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019 Photography by James Thompson
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019. Photography by James Thompson.
photograph of National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019. photography by James Thompson.
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019. Photography by James Thompson.
photograph of National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019. photography by James Thompson.
photograph of interior of National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019
National-Innovation-Centre-for-Ageing and Data-Newcastle-Feb-2019. Photography by James Thompson.

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.

photograph of The-Core-Newcastle-Helix
The-Core-Newcastle-Helix. Photography by James Thompson.
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The-Core-with-Signpost-Newcastle-Helix. photography by James Thompson.

 

 

At a glance  info on the National Innovation Centre

The project was developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle City  Council and Legal and General.

“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)

You can find more info here:

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/archive/2017/11/nationalinnovationcentresnicanicd/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-national-innovation-centre-to-put-uk-at-forefront-of-big-data

 

http://www.newsteelconstruction.com/wp/newcastle-national-innovation-centre-approved/

http://www.neupc.ac.uk/news/item/neupc-major-construction

https://www.building.co.uk/news/six-contractors-win-places-on-750m-universities-framework/5089033.article#commentsJump

I hope you’ve enjoyed the brief trip showcasing some of the journey of this marvellous building. If you are in need of a Commercial/ Construction Photographer and you like my work, my contact details are below. I travel Europe Wide any day of the week.

email: info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk  or call James on 07817 512 234

alternatively you can contact us via this link:

you can see more examples of some of the projects we have been involved in here. 

Examples of other projects and companies/ schools we have worked with can be found on our sister website here.

Thanks for taking the time to view my work and please feel free to share this page if you enjoy what you see or if you feel someone may be interested in chatting to me about a project.

Where is the National Innovation Centre?

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 info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk

James Thompson Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association
James Thompson Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association.
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Should you visit the V&A Museum on Dundee’s Waterfront?

Is all the hype about the V&A Museum Dundee fact or fiction?

If you decide to travel to Dundee to see the V&A Museum from Washington , just south of Newcastle, you will need to drive 200 miles and the journey will take approximately 4 hours with a short comfort break. Is the journey worth it?

Hopefully I can answer that for you as I was commissioned to go to Dundee to take photographs of the newly opened Railway Station which stands just opposite the V&A Museum in Dundee. If you would like to jump to the images of the Railway Station you can view them on this page.

First time visit to Dundee and Dundee Waterfront

As this was my first ever visit to Dundee I was very excited at the prospect of visiting. I have had to visit many Scottish cities and towns with my work as a commercial photographer and almost all of them have proven to be a ‘photographer’s paradise’. Regardless of the weather!

Despite the almost 4 hour drive the journey passes quickly and without event. I set off from Washington at 5am and  arrived in Dundee around 9 am. As I entered  Dundee I found I was coasting by the River Tay on my right, it is a very beautiful and welcoming site. There is a very long and impressive bridge ( the Tay Railway Bridge ) I  believe that holds your gaze as you drive into Dundee, it is beautiful to see and I wished i’d had time to stop, admire the amazing view and take some photographs of it. Time was against me as I needed to shoot the Railway Station at a certain time for the light to be right.

Parking on a Bank Holiday Monday!

I hadn’t realised it was a Bank Holiday in Scotland so finding a closish parking space to the Railway Station was a bit of a challenge. Whilst driving around, looking for a space I caught my first sight of the V&A Museum. None of the photographs I’ve seen to date do it justice, from the outside it is a remarkable looking building.

I was so taken by the view I forgot I was looking for a parking space as the red traffic light turned to green and cars started honking their horn behind me, encouraging me to move on!

After 15 mins of circulating I managed to find a parking space and pulled my wheeled camera case to the station. The camera gear inside weighs about 30 kilos which is why i no longer carry it on my back. As mentioned in another blog, Dundee Railway Station is beautiful in my opinion and it managed to hold my attention until I was free to to visit the V&A.

V&A Museum Dundee entrance by James Thompson
V&A Museum Dundee front view by James Thompson

How much does it cost to get into the V&A Museum?

I was expecting it to be around £10-12. The queue was very long and never seems to shorten. There were also crowds of people outside taking selfies of themselves in front of it. As I got to the front of the queue, which took about 15 mins, I took out my wallet and I was told that entry to the museum was free! Happy days! I couldn’t believe it, such an impressive building and free to go in!

V&A Museum Dundee by James Thompson
V&A Museum Dundee by James Thompson

What’s it like inside the V&A Museum?

Unlike anything I have been in before! Needless to say it was very busy the day I visited, so taking in any atmosphere or sense of scale was quite difficult as I was constantly having to make sure my camera bag didn’t roll over someone’s feet. It’s very big inside and from wherever you look there are fascinating angles to discover, with leading lines everywhere. There is a café downstairs and various exhibitions upstairs, covering Scotland’s past, present and future.

Interior view from first floor of V&A Museum Dundee by James Thompson
Interior view from first floor of V&A Museum Dundee by James Thompson

I will need to revisit to give a clearer picture of what it’s like inside as it was so busy. The one obvious thing that really stuck out for me are that there are no ‘killer’ views from anywhere. The windows that are there are quite small, until you get to the very top. Thats not a criticism, just an initial observation and maybe I have missed something due to the sheer volume of visitors.

Who designed the Dundee V&A Museum?

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma won a competition that was held to decide who would design the V&A Museum in Dundee. The museum will be his first ever building in Britain and he is also designing the Olympic stadium for Tokyo 2020.

Architectural design of V&A Museum Dundee photograph by James Thompson
Architectural design of V&A Museum Dundee photograph by James Thompson

How much did the V&A Museum in Dundee cost to build?

The project’s budget was originally £45 million and rose  to more than £80 million which Kengo Kuma claimed was a lot more expensive than expected.

Kengo Kuma and Associates expressed their appreciation that Dundee City Council decided to allow the  project to proceed despite the great rise in price.

Scotland's flagship cultural project. Photograph by James Thompson
Scotland’s flagship cultural project. Photograph by James Thompson

So is the V&A Museum in Dundee worth a visit then?

Absolutely! It really is a beautiful building in beautiful surroundings. I will certainly be going back on a quieter day to give myself the opportunity to take a closer look at the interior. Even if you think you can’t make it to Dundee whilst its open during the day, believe me it looks even more beautiful outside at night. I was surprised at how few people there were outside on the Bank Holiday evening.

V&A Museum Dundee at night by James Thompson
V&A Museum Dundee at night by James Thompson

Did you notice anything else to do or see  in Dundee?

Although I was there all day, I was working against the clock to get all the photographs of the Railway Station I needed for my client J&D Pierce. They are the company who fabricated and erected the steelwork for the Railway Station. Looking for the best angles involved driving around for a while and I accidentally drove over what I think is called The Blackwatch Parade.

Current construction projects on Dundee Waterfront

Dundee Waterfront is buzzing with people and activity.Immediately opposite the new Dundee Railway Station there is a new building being constructed. I believe this is called Site 6 and will feature apartments, office blocks and Leisure outlets and Restaurants for everyone to enjoy. Here is a view of the current stage of construction as of the 25th September 2018. I took this image from the archway of the V&A Museum itself. You can also see Dundee Railway Station to the left.

Site 6 on Dundee Waterfront photograph by James Thompson
Site 6 on Dundee Waterfront photograph by James Thompson

If you would like more info on the forthcoming developments for Dundee Waterfront you can find official plans here. There is also an excellent website I found called aptly Discover Dundee Waterfront, you can find it here. It has a lot of really useful information about future projects on Dundee Waterfront.

If you’d like to learn more regarding the construction of the V&A museum in Dundee the BAM Constructions website holds a wealth of interesting information, their website can be found here.

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Finally, if you are looking for a commercial, industrial of architectural photographer, give us a call or drop us a line. We are happy to visit you to discuss things with you also. email James@duophoto.co.uk or call James on 07817 512 234. You can view more of our work here.

Your image is in safe hands, we recently were awarded Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018 by the Master Photographers Association and an Award of Excellence for our Commercial Photography. Please keep coming back to our website are there are many more case studies and portfolios of our Commercial Work to be uploaded.

Industrial Photographer of the Year Award 2018 for James Thompson
Industrial Photographer of the Year Award 2018 for James Thompson

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Construction photographer shoots stunning Dundee Waterfront

Dundee Railway Station at nigh tby James Thompson

Life of a Construction Photographer

Working as a construction photographer involves travelling all around the UK on a vast array of interesting projects. Having a valid CSCS card has proved to be an absolute must. Following on from a commission at the Boeing Golden Care Hangar at Gatwick Airport I was then asked to go to Dundee shoot Dundee Railway Station.

Beautiful Dundee Waterfront

I have never been to Dundee so I was really looking forward to the visit. “Googling Dundee” also made me aware of the stunning V&A museum which has just recently opened to the public, I was excited to get there and watched weather reports for the best day to visit. I knew the times of day I want to shoot at , so once the weather was good, I packed the car and set off.  Unknown to me that particular Monday was a Bank Holiday in Scotland!

Stunning Dundee Railway Station

J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd have commissioned me to take construction photographs of several of their projects. In this instance their is no construction site as such as the building is finished and the public are using it everyday. The commercial images I take are being used for websites, social media and printed publications. I noticed the Railway Station as soon as I arrived in Dundee Town Centre, it’s a stunning building. The Railway station is also a Sleeperz Hotel and whoever has designed this building has done a great job! It’s beautiful. Here is shot I captured of the station at mid morning.

Construction photograph of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Construction photograph of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

The crispness of the design and the clean lines are simply breathtaking! I moved to the right to get a three quarter angle view and to bring the beautiful glass sides into sight. Whichever way you look at this building it is beautiful!

Three quarter view below:

Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

Stunning Archway Entrance to Dundee Railway Station

I don’t really think this entrance needs much introduction! What a beautiful design and construction, a stunning feature that blends in so perfectly with the overall shape of the building and also the magnificent V&A Museum opposite, Dundee has such a lot to be proud of!!

Construction photograph of Entrance to Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Construction photograph of Entrance to Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

The interior is just as beautiful!

Interior view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Interior view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

Construction photography is a waiting game…

Taking images for commercial purposes is all about waiting for the right moment. Whilst waiting for the appropriate time of day to shoot I visited the V&A Museum. The queue to get in was massive! I waited and managed to get some lovely shots. I will show the images of the V&A in a separate blog. Meanwhile the time passed quickly I was ready to capture the evening images of this beautiful railway station on Dundee Waterfront.

Evening photographs of Dundee Railway Station

I think it’s fascinating to compare the ‘look’ of the building. Does it look better, or different depending on the time of day? Maybe you can tell me and leave your opinions, I’ll be delighted to hear them. Here is an evening shot of the facade.

Dundee Railway Station Entrance by Commercial Photographer James Thompson
Dundee Railway Station Facade by Commercial Photographer James Thompson

That entrance is really striking and inviting! Next is a wider shot taking in the whole building.

Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson
Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson

Continuing the comparison we now move on to the three quarter view showing those magnificent glass sides. They really look beautiful at night.

Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson
Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson

Dundee Railway Station also has a pretty rear!

It would be easy to imaging that all of the beauty was directed at the front of the building and that the rear would be ignored or hidden away. However, as can be seen from the photograph below, this is clearly not the case.

Rear entrance of Dundee Railway Station by Construction Photographer James Thompson
Rear entrance of Dundee Railway Station by Construction Photographer James Thompson

It is clear significant thought, care and effort has gone into the design and construction of this fabulous building. I hope my portfolio of’ completed construction images’ do it justice. Dundee must feel rightly proud of this beautiful landmark on the up and coming Dundee Waterfront. I never know where my next commission will take me, on this occasion it has been a wonderful surprise. I can’t wait to show you the photographs of the V&A!

Links for more info  on this wonderful building and Dundee Waterfront

Architects Nicoll Russell

Constructors: Balfour Beatty

Steel Fabrication and Erection

Dundee City Council

 

More info here too: Scottish Construction Now

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 info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk

 

Commercial photographer in Glasgow shoots new Motorcycle Village!

Commercial photograph of West Coast Harley Davidson Hillington Park Glasgow
Biker’s retail “Holy Trinity” in Hillington Park!

I shoot many projects  as a Commercial Photographer  in Glasgow. I am fortunate in that I get to travel to all corners of the UK as a freelance Construction Photographer, Architectural Photographer and Civil Engineering Photographer. . Being a biker myself, this particular commission really appealed to me.

Construction photographer in Glasgow

I am working on a number of Construction Photography projects with Steel Fabricator and Erector, J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd, situated in Glengarnock, west of Glasgow.

Triumph Dealer Hillington Park, by commercial photographer in Glasgow James Thompson
Triumph Dealer Hillington Park, Glasgow by James Thompson

For each commercial photography commission that I undertake I like to do some research on how the project developed and get to know a little of the history of those Contractors/ Agencies involved.

Quoting from the Herald of Scotland:

“Three motor industry brands are moving to Hillington Park, one of Scotland’s largest business estates, as part of a £10 million development.

Rogers, Rees & Robins Motor Group, trading as Ducati Glasgow, will move from Great Western Road and will include the Triumph brand in a purpose-built showroom.

Triumph Dealer Hillington Park, by commercial photographer in Glasgow James Thompson
Triumph dealer at Hillington Park, Glasgow. Photography by James Thompson

West Coast Harley-Davidson will move from Glasgow’s Charing Cross into a second unit which will become one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships in Europe.

Pacific Building, also based at Hillington Park, has secured the £4m contract to build and fit-out the 18,000 sq ft premises which should be ready for occupation early next year.

It is anticipated that 20,000 customers will visit the new ‘motorcycle village’ in its first full year of operation.

Both dealerships have experienced significant growth over the last five years and have simultaneously found their city centre stores to be restrictive to their growth plans. The new dealerships will create 50 jobs.

Ducati Dealer Hillington Park, by commercial photographer in Glasgow James Thompson
Ducati dealer at Hillington Park, Glasgow. Photography by James Thompson

Martin Rees, managing director of Rogers, Rees & Robins, said: “We identified the need to move to bigger premises in 2012 and have been planning this incredibly exciting prospect since then.

“We have the added advantage of positioning ourselves next to our colleagues at West Coast Harley-Davidson which will help us create a fantastic attraction for bikers and non bikers alike.”

Don Rutherford, managing director of West Coast Harley-Davidson ,said: “We’ve been looking to expand our operation for some time now so to tie-in this exciting development alongside Ducati and Triumph is a fantastic opportunity that will provide Scotland with a real class leading hub for bikers.”

Harley Davidson Dealer Hillington Park, by commercial photographer in Glasgow James Thompson
West Coast Harley Davidson dealer by James Thompson

Jamie Cumming, commercial director at Patrizia-owned Hillington Park, said the moves were “incredibly exciting”.

Brian Gallacher, managing director at Pacific Building said: “This is a particularly satisfying project to have secured because it is an all-Hillington Park affair. It will be rewarding to see such a highly visible and sought-after piece of land alongside the M8 transformed into what will be one of the biggest motorbike multi-franchises in the UK.”

Construction Photography Website

We have a new dedicated Construction photography website in the making following our recent award of Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018. We are extremely proud to win this award and also to receive an ‘Award of Excellence for our Commercial Photography. 

You can see more examples of our Commercial Photography here.

Looking for a Commercial photographer in Glasgow, or elsewhere in the UK?

If we can help with your Commercial Photography needs  call now on 07817 512 234 or email james@duophoto.co.uk.

Where is Hillington Park Motorcycle Village?