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!
The sheer scale in volume of space inside the hospital is incredible. At first glance the Cantilever Pods do make an arresting image.
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.
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.
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.
Freezing cold but amazing views of Glasgow!
I can’t imagine how cold the JD Pierce construction workers must have been on this project!
View from the top showing Helipad and stormy Glasgow Night Sky.
Aerial View of the Children’s Wing
Car Park P1 Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
Close up of amazing design and attention to detail for a car park!
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.
Or you can call me on 07817 512 234 or email email@example.com
Many thanks, James Thompson LMPA
Location of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow