Architectural photographer-Glasgow, Edinburgh and Scotland!

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!

Architectural photograph of brightly coloured cantilever pods in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow
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!

Architectural photograph of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Helipad at night
Architectural photograph of  QEUH Helipad at night.© James Thompson
Architectural Photographer Glasgow shoots Hospital Helipad
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 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