Working alongside main contractor Kier Group PLC for main client Knight Dragon, Lakesmere is completing various roofing, cladding and glazing packages to both the main building and the flue of the new Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre.A key part of Lakesmere’s contract will be the delivery of the innovative Optic Cloak for the flue tower which has been designed by renowned British artist Conrad Shawcross RA in collaboration with C.F Møller Architects.
The eye-catching design will be created by an aluminium sub-frame supporting triangular anodised rainscreen panels, each with a perforated pattern, folded at different angles to create complex geometric patterns.
Once complete the perforation of the panels will filter natural light to create different visual effects throughout the day. At night the structure will be once again transformed through the use of an integrated lighting design. Fusing art with architecture, the design has been influenced by the ‘dazzle’ camouflage of the First World War and ideas from Cubist and Futurist paintings.
Additionally, Lakesmere will design and install the thermally-efficient roof of the main building alongside a complex cladding package that includes composite wall panels, structurally glazed curtain walling and glass doors. To maximise the energy efficiency of the building, Lakesmere’s package also includes the installation of a large louvre screen for ventilation and horizontal brise soleil blades which will be fixed to the curtain wall mullions.
The scheme is expected to be completed towards the end of 2016.