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The Performance Wall

The Performance Wall with the O2 Arena (formerly Millennium Dome) Behind

The rear of the Performance Wall

The Performance Wall
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The Performance Wall, Peninsula Square,
Greenwich, London, UK


The Performance Wall, situated in Peninsula Square next to the O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome), provides a striking backdrop and stage for outdoor events and speaking, and will be used among other things as the rostrum for the 2012 Olympics.

The Performance Wall features a stage for free concerts and a large digital screen showing video displays, whilst rows of LED lights run vertically behind the ultra marine blue glass, providing a dazzling light show. The wall houses a number of services for the surrounding area such as those for the outside water feature which sprays geysers of water and mist over the square.

The main structure is formed from steel RHS & SHS of differing sizes. The façade is ultramarine blue glass point fixed to stainless steel glazing spiders, which are supported by steel stub brackets fixed back to the main structure. Tolerances between the main structure and the façade are controlled by the use of a combination of steel shims, slotted holes and serrated plates.

The rear elevation posed a design challenge by requiring interfaces between a number of different cladding systems. Insulated Kingspan panels incorporating fixed louvers cover most of the rear elevation. The Kingspan panels also interface with a Schuco frame fixed glazing system, which interfaces with the point fixed glazing on both side elevations. The sloped rear elevation and roof are frame fixed blue glass, with a bank of fixed louvers running along the top edge.

The LED screen as the focal point on the wall is framed with a stainless steel surround formed from twelve individual panels. Stainless steel canopy arms cantilever out 4m past the façade and support lighting and camera equipment. Double doors either side of the raised stage provide access to the services housed within the wall.

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Project Title:
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Performance Wall, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London, UK
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_ Scope of Works: Steel structure clad front and side by point fixed glazing. Rear elevation clad with Kingspan insulated panels, and roof, rear slope & rear sides clad with Schuco glazing system. Building extends 24m long, 3m wide, by 11m high. Additional elements include stainless steel cantilever canopy arms, two double doors to front façade, stainless steel surround to central LED screen, integrated fixed vents to Kingspan system, internal mesh doors & GRP flooring and CAT ladders to three levels of internal floors.
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_ Cladding Details:

Facade Glazing – Ultramarine Blue Glass to sides & edge of façade comprising: 10mm clear float toughened glass heat soak tested outer pane, 1 opaque PVB interlayer 0.38mm, 1 clear PVB interlayer 0.38mm, 1 true blue PVB interlayer 0.76mm, 10mm clear float toughened glass heat soak tested inner pane.Blue Bubble Glass to centre of façade comprising: 10mm clear float toughened glass heat soak tested outer pane, 2 clear PVB interlayers 0.76mm, 1 true blue PVB interlayer 0.76mm, 10mm kiln cast glass with bubble texture to inside face toughened heat soak tested. Rear Cladding – Kingspan 80mm insulated panel, stainless steel mini-microrib texture powder coated.Roof & Rear Glazing - Ultramarine Blue Glass comprising: 8mm clear float toughened glass heat soak tested outer pane, 2 clear PVB interlayers 0.38mm, 1 true blue PVB interlayer 0.76mm, 8mm clear float toughened glass heat soak tested inner pane.
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_ Steelwork Details: Main columns 300x200x16 RHS
Main floor beams 250x150x16 RHS
Additional members to support cladding 150x10 SHS
All hollow sections grade S355
Canopy arms stainless steel 250x150x10 RHS
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_ Year of Completion: 2006
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_ Contract Duration: 10 months
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_ Client: Meridian Delta Limited, English Partners, Anschutz Entertainment Group
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_ Architect: Barr Gazetas
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_ Main Contractor: McNicholas PLC
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