The latest architectural feature to be built by Uckfield-based Design & Display Structures is an ornate sculptural profiled temple dome.
The dome, complete with khanda – a double-edge straight sword, which is a symbol of the Sikh faith – is 4.8m in diameter and 7.6m tall.
It is sited at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Sikh temple, in West Bromwich.
D&D worked within a very tight space and programme schedule, and brought in fully finished segments before assembling them on site.
Because of the heavily restricted space the dome was hoisted onto an interim lorry bed before a final lift into place.
Allan Curtis from D&D said that to produce a 360 degree ornate band on top of a double-curved dome structure would have been very labour intensive and hugely expensive.
He said: “By creating modular piece of tooling that could be cast as repeating GRP segments the initial sculpting work only had to be done once to just 30 degrees.
“D&D used a combination of Vectorworks and Rhino to produce the necessary 3D/2D fabrication and installation drawings.
“Fibre polymer composites (GRP) is a lightweight yet robust material resulting in less loads being placed upon the flat roof structure below.
“Modular tooling made for dramatic economies of scale and the segments refinished to client chosen RAL or BS colour meaning no site decoration cost or programme time needed whilst affording an easy-to-maintain long-lasting finish.”
The D&D design team collaborated with the builder to ensure the plinths were constructed to the appropriate sizes and positions. With all in place before D&D arrival the site installation was undertaken in swift fashion, taking just three days from start to finish.
The final construction comprised a GRP shell, mirror polished stainless steel khan, and galvanised steel cross bracing and brackets.
The main contractor was TLD Building Services and the architect was John R Bradbury.
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