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 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.
photograph of The-Core-with-Signpost-Newcastle-Helix
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

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

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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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