The latest from Site-Eye

ITER, France

In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world's largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars. Since the idea for an international joint experiment in fusion was first launched over thirty years ago, thousands of international engineers and scientists have contributed to the design of “ITER”, which means: "The Way" in Latin, one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today.

Here is a small extract from an essay called “A Dream Machine” by Henry Fountain, published recently at the New York Times. “It looks like the beginnings of a commercial power plant, but it is not. The project, called ITER, is an enormous, and enormously complex and costly, physics experiment. But if it succeeds, it could determine the power plants of the future and make an invaluable contribution to reducing planet-warming emissions.

First discussed in 1985 at a United States - Soviet Union summit, the multinational effort, in which the European Union has a 45 percent stake and the United States, Russia, China and three other partners 9 percent each, has long been cited as a crucial step toward a future of near-limitless electric power. 

ITER will produce heat, not electricity. But if it works — if it produces more energy than it consumes, which smaller fusion experiments so far have not been able to do - it could lead to plants that generate electricity without the climate affecting carbon emissions of fossil-fuel plants or most of the hazards of existing nuclear reactors that split atoms rather than join them”. 

Site-Eye has been filming the construction of ITER in a 42-hectare site in the French countryside since Feb 2014, in the very early days of the construction phase. We love the idea, the challenges, the magnitude and ultimately the potential of the project and feel honoured to be able to be involved in such high profile and important international scientific collaboration. 

To find out more about ITER, visit: http://www.iter.org

Posted by André at 12:12 on 29/08/2017

Floating Gardens, Paddington W2

Site Eye is proud to be involved in the filming of the construction of this new public space in London W2. The site-specific park offers 730sqm space for up to 120 people and is situated alongside the stylish Merchant Square, a new development in the Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal.

The public park was designed by Garden Club London landscape design studio led by the Royal Horticultural Society former gold medallist Tony Woods. It features open lawn areas, densely planted raised borders with nectar-rich plants, communal seating areas and decked platforms and walkways. Bespoke planting has been developed to encourage wildlife to the park which includes a separate island designed to attract ground-nesting birds and waterfowl to feed and nest. Tony Woods commented that “Working to design the Floating Pocket Park has been a hugely exciting challenge, not only is this a truly one of a kind garden for London but a huge re-think of the way that we create public space in urban areas.”

Site-Eye has been filming the project since day one, with an aerial 4K camera installed in one of the Merchant Square Penthouses overseeing the whole development. We also sent a photographer to the gardens upon the completion of the project to capture the floating park being enjoyed by the local community. You can see a small clip of the time-lapse here.

Posted by Andre at 11:03 on 19/07/2017

Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR)

The £250m DWDR development is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port and represents the next exciting stage of the its evolution, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway, handling trade to the value of £119bn which represents up to 17% of UK trade in goods.

DWDR will provide a new cargo terminal and new port-centric distribution facility which will transform the cargo and logistics operations. In addition, the creation of a new marina will transform the waterfront and attract inward investment into the area. The revival of the western part of the Port estate also supports the developing destination agenda for Dover, being identified as the key catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area. It will deliver valuable employment opportunities both during construction and on completion of the new cargo facility.

The first stage of the development includes the design and construction of two new berths including quay walls and land reclamation, a new marina pier, the marina curve, the navigation channel, new lock gates, Bascule Bridge, capital dredging work and the construction of the new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal (RCT). This major phase of the construction program began at the beginning of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.

Site-Eye is very happy to be involved with this, filming the project with several 4K time-lapse cameras. We have been documenting the work since the initial enabling works in 2016 and will continue throughout the first stage of the development. The first 6 months progress film can be seen here, and for additional information on the development, please visit: http://www.doverport.co.uk/DWDR

Posted by Andre at 12:10 on 18/07/2017

Wembley Stadium & the heavyweight boxing title

We love new challenges and exciting projects here at Site-Eye. So, last month’s commission by Sky Sports to film London Wembley Stadium quick transformation into an state of art boxing rink, to host the World’s heavyweight boxing title, was no doubt one of our top recent highlights.

For decades Las Vegas has been hosting boxing’s top fights. Vegas is where the world’s best fighters normally competed for the top money prizes and World championship titles. The Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight title fight, on the 29th of April 2017, offered an excellent opportunity for London to be in the epicenter of the international boxing arena for a change and in the public eye in general.

The main challenge was to convert the famous London Wembley stadium into an ultra modern 90,000 capacity boxing arena in the space of a few days. Site-Eye was present at the stadium from day one, with several 4K cameras making sure we covered all the angles of this major international sports events. As you all probably know... forwarding to the final result: Watford born, Anthony Joshua won the title by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round. You can see a short time-lapse video of the stadium transformation, including the big night action, here.

Posted by Andre at 12:20 on 16/06/2017

New Abbey Wood Station for Crossrail

Abbey Wood’s new iconic railway station, being rebuilt by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project, is taking shape rapidly. The new Elizabeth line will halve journey times to central London and beyond and is contributing to a major regeneration of the area. A new supermarket has already opened and permission has been granted for a new public square and library close to the station, as well as the construction of hundreds of new homes and businesses.  

The key design of the new station is its integration with the elevated flyover, Harrow Manor Way. Until now the local environment was divided by the railway and the flyover, making it difficult for pedestrians to move around the area and cross from one side of the tracks to another. The new station is being built above the railway and will be integrated with the flyover by granite-paved pedestrian concourse, escalators and lifts, creating step-free interchange between the platforms and the local bus services. 

The station, which has a very contemporary design, is due to open to Southeastern services in 2017, until Elizabeth line services begin operating in December 2018. Viewed from above, the newly installed roof has the shape of a manta ray, with its two large wings sheltering the staircases and lifts on either side.  The new station at Abbey Wood has been designed by London architects Fereday Pollard and the futuristic timber structure roof, built by Austrian timber construction firm, Wiehag. 

We have been filming the construction of Abbey Wood station with several time-lapse cameras since it’s the very early days in 2013. We love the contemporary design of the new station and how the combination of faster journeys and integrated new station entrance will improve the life of the local community and commuters.  

To find out more about the new Abbey Wood station and the Crossrail project, please visit: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/abbey-wood-station/

Posted by Andre at 10:12 on 18/05/2017