Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Serpentine PavilionBjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Serpentine Pavilion

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Serpentine Pavilion

Principal Contractor

The showpiece summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London was designed by world renowned architects Bjarke Ingels Group. The pavilion takes the form of a superstructure at more than 15m tall to realise the concept of an "Unzipped Wall" comprised of GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer) boxes held together by cruciform aluminium connectors and bolts on temporary foundation slab of reinforced concrete.

Start Date: 1 September 2016

Location: London, United Kingdom

Categories: Arts & Culture

Services: Project Management, Principal Contractor

The brief

Plan, lead and manage the turnkey removal of both the superstructure and foundation of the pavilion on behalf of Astound for new owners Westbank, including surveying and preparing the component parts for shipment and redeployment to North America.

The challenge

There were a number of challenges specific to this project including the requirement to re-design a safe method of dismantling the structure within an extremely restricted space, with poor access and with a highly aggressive programme. There were a number of stakeholders to onboard and align spread over two continents as well as the challenge of working in a highly sensitive public environment within The Royal Parks.

The result

The Pavilion was successfully removed safely, on time and with minimal impact to the Gallery's daytime operations. The challenge of surveying more than 5,000 box and connector component parts as the structure was dismantled with upwards of 35,000 data entries was met and provided crucial information to the consulting engineers for the redeployment.