The former Broadcast Centre is now home to BT Sport and Loughborough University and The Gantry area which runs along the North-East elevation is being remodelled as a series of one-off creative studios, providing workspace and support for artists.
Lang+Fulton have supplied a large bike store covering an area of 217 sq metres. The structure has a height of 4.7 metres at the apex to accommodate a stacking system for a large number of bicycles. Security was an obvious concern and the grating panels were used on all four walls as well as forming a pitched roof. A Stretto-11 grating was chosen with a small 132×11 mm mesh but with sufficient natural ventilation and through-visibility for daylight and to ensure that any criminal activity could be observed. The Stretto-11 panels were rotated so that the bearing bar was horizontal in order to deliver the architect’s preferred aesthetic.
A laser-cut graphic of a bicycle was added as a decorative feature.
Panels and posts were supplied in a hot-dip galvanized finish.
Installation: Lakesmere Group