Design Team Meets for Skatepark Mock-Up

An impressive full scale mock-up of the intended façade for our proposed Skatepark in Folkestone has been produced in the yard of our Hythe office.

Last week saw the design team meet to inspect the mock-up, including façade engineers Buro Happold and Spain based mesh manufacturers IMAR; who flew in all the way from Spain just to help.

The transparent façade consists of a double layered, anodised aluminium mesh, with reflective qualities. The materiality, performance and construction techniques were all tested on site. Water resistance was assessed by rigging up a sprinkler to imitate rain, which enabled us to evaluate its performance.

The team were also able to directly compare two façade variations, with differing combinations of mesh and eyelet sizes. The comparison of the two façade types allows informed design decisions to be made moving forward.

Published on 11 February 2016