Say cheeeeeeeese!


Tomorrow sees the opening, as part of the The London Design Festival 2016, of ‘The Smile’ – a 34 metre long rectangular tube fabricated from American Tulipwood CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) by the innovative world-leading manufacturer of such structures, as well as the Canary Wharf CrossRail Station roof canopy and other striking landmarks.

At 19 metres long by 4.50 metres wide, bringing the 3 loads of elements from southern Germany to UK is quite a project in itself, but when the destination is the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, now part of The Chelsea College of Art just off Millbank adjoining Tate Britain, things get even more complicated…..

In addition to the usual Abnormal Load permits, it was also necessary to arrange parking bay suspensions, Temporary Structure Licences, P50 Permits, a way to cross Cycle Superhighway 8 using a normally illegal left turn, dodge the final night of the Notting Hill Carnival – and all this while keeping some very particular neighbouring residents happy after midnight. We never frowned even once, honest!