This project involved design development, bespoke manufacturing works and fit-out with multi-trade specialist components – working to the confines of a site with narrow stairs and access routes which dictated the maximum size and weight of every component.
Indeed the floors are a significant height and the components were awkward in shape and balance so an electric pulley system was employed to allow us to hoist all elements safely through the trap doors, with some heading in stages, eventually for the top of the tower. There is a trap door in the middle of each floor through which we had to raise all of the components as the spiral stair was simply too tight. The 2.5 x 1.1 metre heavy panes of glass were dictated in design by and pulled straight up 35 metres through the sequence of rather tight hatches.
The varied manufacturing works included many new features from the reception desk to a Battle Table, the Peppers Ghost Interactive and Wallace’s Sword Display Unit. Our design development and off site manufacture allowed us to dry assemble some components to ensure fit, but for other parts to be fully pre-wired and light fittings attached; all to maximise site efficiencies. All furniture in the Wallace Monument was made from a mix of Birch Ply sheet and Red Pine solid. The components were given a bespoke bronze/green stain, to give them an aged and weathered look.
The reception desk was a key feature of the project and one of the first pieces of furniture you see on arrival to the Monument. The bespoke desk was made from MDF and Birch Plywood, though the front face is clad in Red Back Painted Glass, with the Wallace Monument Signage.
A very complex project all round, successfully managed by our manufacturing team.