12 Apr Argus by Canal Architectural
Canal tendered against both British and American metalwork companies for this prestigious project on Bermuda.
They were successful in securing the contract by not only offering a competitive price but more importantly due to their pro-active attitude in developing the Architects’ concept designs.
Securing a contract for a 5m diameter, 4m rise, helical staircase and an external feature canopy for the tallest commercial building on Bermuda was quite a feat; building and installing it was quite another.
For the staircase, the architect’s specification was challenging; other than fixing points at the bottom and top, there was to be no additional structural support. Once installed there was to be no movement or deflection in the staircase.
Once the structural drawings were approved, the Canal team fabricated the staircase at their manufacturing site in Nottingham, and tested it for movement before dismantling it piece by piece, packing it in crates and shipping it 5,500km to Bermuda.
On site, the Canal team had no time to enjoy the Bermudan sun. Piece by piece they reconstructed the feature staircase and welded it all in place to create the seamless masterpiece, on the outside, the 35 metre high building was rebated in the front right corner to accept the stainless steel feature canopy. The main structure and the lower canopy were all fabricated from grade 316 stainless steel.
During the project Canal was also commissioned to provide the main entrance doors inclusive of the logo glass window.