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Birmingham New St. Station Mock Up

With a futuristic project the size & complexity of the proposed Birmingham New St. Station cladding (see the pictures to believe it) the biggest obstacle for Rapide Technical Services was to prove itself capable of taking on the design challenge.

Luckily RTS Design has been around for over 20 years & having succeeded in sufficiently challenging projects in the past, RTS Design was accepted as the design team for the only UK bidder for this much coveted project.

Phase I was for the client to choose one from all the bidders to design, manufacture & build a mock up. The UK bidder with Rapide Technical Services as the design team won this first challenge. This sample, approximately 20m wide, 10m tall & standing 10m above the ground, was to be built in Birmingham.

The design concept, developed by RTS Design, utilised an ingenious bracketry system that could mould itself into patterns that could follow the constantly flowing surface with ease. By creating a 3D model & manipulating the parametrics to suit the larger application of the final project RTS Design produced the mock up. From this 3D model developed individual component drawings for manufacture. This included "flattening" out the panels to CNC cut individual profiles & also a gutter that flows in x, y & z directions while remaining hidden from view & maintaining flow requirements. Note: no curve in any direction on this facade has a single radius.

The sample was designed to cope with the expected movements and provided a variety of joint system (butt, overlap & sliding), a variety of fixing methods (rivet, screw & clamped), and a variety of stainless steel metal thickness & polishes The mock up was built and by looking at the different options a final thickness & fixing method was chosen. The mock up was then taken apart & rebuilt in the chosen configuration. The surface was surveyed & analysed against the model. This proved that the theorised accuracy had not only been achieved but had been exceeded.

Sadly the contract was won by an overseas bidder & we never had the opportunity to say "RTS designed the New Street Station Cladding". Perhaps if you have a project similar in complexity we can proudly show your project in our portfolio instead.

Fitzroy Place

Fitzroy Place

Bespoke Cladding
Soffits
Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings

Talbot Gateway

Talbot Gateway

Structural Glazing
Curtain Walling
Site Set-out

Stratford City M6

Stratford M6

Brass Shingles
Picture Frame
Soffit
Secondary Steel

Stratford City M1

Stratford M1

Complete Envelope Design
Curtain Wall
Bespoke Shuffle Glazing
Rainscreen Cladding.

Jaguar Land Rover Executive Office

JLR Office

Survey, Design, Set Out,
Procurement & Installation
Bespoke Rainscreen
Curtain Walling

Birmingham New Street Station Mock Up Pic

New St. Station

Birmingham
Design Development
3D Modelling
Innovative Thinking

Dormer Place

Dormer Place

Design and Installation
Bespoke Rainscreen
Pressed Metal
Curtain Walling

Kenrick Park, West Brom Pic

Kenrick Park

Survey & Analysis
Design & Fabrication Drawings
Trespa Rainscreen

Daventry Hospital Pic

Daventry Hospital

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Terracotta Rainscreen Cladding.

St Pancras Station

St Pancras

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Curtain Walling
Canopies

Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Highlevel Glazing

Anglia Polytechnic University Pic

APU

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Complex Cladding
Rainscreen Cladding

Leeds Central

Leeds Central

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Terracotta Cladding
Aluminium Rainscreen

Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre

Bull Ring

Design & Fabrication Drawings
Internal & External Aluminium Cladding.

Young Vic Pic

Young Vic Theatre

Design & Fabrication Drawings
Perforated Alum Planks
Award Winning Building.

Keely Road Pic

Keely Road

Design & Fabrication Drawing
Rainscreen Cladding

Arts Centre Rainscreen Cladding

Arts Centre

Rainscreen Cladding
Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings

Lothbury

Lothbury

Survey
Design
Curtain Walling

North Point

North Point

Survey
Design & Fabrication Drawings
Rainscreen Cladding

Hyde Park Flats Pic

Hyde Park Flats

Survey and Analysis
Setting Out
Curtain Walling

Harvist Estate Pic

Harvist Estate

Survey
Installation

Saab Showroom Cardiff

Saab Cardiff

Survey
Design
Supply
Install