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When Barnshaws brought good vibrations to Zoe Ball’s Listening Garden

22/05/2018 15:19:13
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ImagesClick Image for 300dpi jpg fileWhen Barnshaws brought good vibrations to Zoe Ball’s Listening Garden

For those with green fingers, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is one of the biggest dates in the calendar. Designed to emphasise how green spaces can enhance our lives, the show unites the world’s best horticulture experts and designers to showcase inspiring approaches to all things plants. Despite being more accustomed to innovating with metal than greenery, Barnshaws Section Benders has supported the event this year with high quality fabrications, providing pressed Cor-Ten steel for a unique garden that sends out the good vibrations.

The Zoe Ball Listening Garden, designed by James Alexander Sinclair, aimed to break traditional gardening boundaries in 2017. Designed to replicate the feeling of being in close proximity to a speaker stack at a concert, the garden resonates deep notes through its gravel and water features, spurring patterns and movement amongst the green foliage. The garden constituted one of five new ‘BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens’, which involved celebrities from the radio station aiding in each display. Three water troughs commanded the centre of the garden, with each fabricated by metal experts Barnshaws Section Benders.

While usually associated with large scale construction projects, Barnshaws has a proven track record with regards to supplying highly specialised architectural fabrications of varying size. Recently this has included supplying curved steel for Corby’s Sundew Sculpture, Castle Bromwich’s Spitfire Island and Windsor’s Diamond Jubilee spheres. Fabrications contractor Project Fabrications contacted Barnshaws to supply 11 pressed Cor-Ten steel sheets to enable the construction of the water features based on this experience.

Cor-Ten steel was specified due to its high corrosion resistance and aesthetic confluence with the rest of the garden. The 11 sheets specified were spread across 8 different dimensions, with Barnshaws press braking the sections to the required shape for the finished troughs. Barnshaws boasts one of the largest metal bending capacities in the world, so the project was easily accommodated. The finished sheets were delivered in time for installation before the show, a deadline that could not be missed.

At the 2017 show, visitors were treated to patterned vibrations in the troughs, formed by the combined basslines of 50 years of Radio 2 music. Despite not being able to hear the music, the geometric shapes generated a lot of interest, with the garden really resonating with visitors.

Greg North, Commercial Director at Barnshaws Section Benders added: “Specialised metal fabrications of any size are seeing more utilisation in unique projects such as this, and we are delighted to be facilitating this as a business. We offer a wide range of services, but this particular project demonstrates our versatility with regards to scalability, tailoring our expertise and capacity to the unique demands of our customers.”

Photo Caption: Royal Horticultural Society planting team member Stephanie Marling puts the finishing touches to the Zoe Ball Listening Garden, supported with metal work from Barnshaws Section Benders. (Photo Courtesy of The Royal Horticultural Society and Luke MacGregor).

About Barnshaws

Established in 1969, Barnshaws has grown to become the world’s premier specialist profile bending company; supplying market sectors such as construction, power generation, mining, transport and general manufacturing with shaped beams, tubes, plate and other profile section materials. More recent developments have seen the company’s engineering expertise expand from mostly steel to non-ferrous materials including copper and aluminium as well as specialist materials such as Hardox.

Barnshaws has ISO 9001:2015 approval and was Europe’s first bending company to achieve CE Marking of curved sections to Execution class 4, the highest standard available.

With facilities in the West Midlands, Manchester, Hamilton and Poland, Barnshaws can provide precision metal bending and profile cutting services, locally, nationally and internationally.

Equipped with the largest capacity bending machines in the world, Barnshaws can deliver curved sections up to 35 meters in length with the capacity to bend tubes and pipes up to 1,524mm outside diameter. In addition, the largest range of press brakes in the UK can accommodate materials up to 12 meters in length and form sections from materials with up to 80mm thickness.

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DMA Europa : Alan Hatch
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Barnshaws Steel Bending Group : Matthew Pritchard
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