Contractor: SD Samuels
Type of works: Kingspan insulated panels used for the walls and roof of the new 007 James Bond stage.
Kingspan Insulated Panels has provided the building envelope for the new 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.
When the Pinewood Studios 007 James Bond stage was destroyed by fire in 2006, shortly after completion of filming for Casino Royale, the Studio had to act fast. With its next film project already booked to go, it was vital that the building of a new stage should be turned around in a mere 6 months from design to handover.
The construction team, led by Project Manager Jon Bradley, included cladding contractor SD Samuels, who knew exactly where to go for an effective fast-build solution.
Samuels recommended Kingspan Insulated Panels for both the walls and roof of the new stage, which at 102m length, 48m width and a height of 19m, is currently Europes largest sound stage.
10,000m2 of Kingspan KS1000 RW Trapezoidal and KS1000 MR micro-rib wall panels were used to complete the building. Since the original stage burnt down, a crucial attribute was fire performance and, fortunately for the future of the nations favourite spy, the panels have excellent fire resistance. Both systems provide insurer-approved FIREsafe solutions, with the assurance of LPCB certification to LPS 1181 and FM approval, and are defined as Class 0 under The Building Regulations.
Another key benefit is that Kingspans insulated roof and wall systems are factory pre-engineered, single-component systems, which optimise build speeds and produce excellent results where time is an important factor in the specification. Having worked with Kingspan Insulated Panels on a number of projects, SD Samuels Wayne Mills is well aware of this fact. He says:
It was essential for us to use a company that we knew and trusted. The deadline on this job was crucial and we knew from past experience that we could rely on efficient delivery and support from Kingspan and so, do a good job for our client.
The new stage, which has an internal area of approx 5,487m2 including an immense water tank capable of holding 5.25 million litres, was completed on schedule in March 2007 and was immediately put to use for the film version of the stage musical Mamma Mia.