Opened earlier this summer, the Moorfield Hotel was time-lapsed by Site-Eye due to its unique construction.
The rooms were individually built off site in Northern Ireland and shipped to the site of the Moorland on the Shetland islands. Each room arrived fully built and fully fitted out - that is to mean, the rooms were ready to move straight in.
The rooms were then dropped in place one by one leaving only minor works left to be carried out.
From an empty site to fully operational hotel in just a matter of months, this construction practise is now expected to be tested on other sites.
For more information check out McAleer & Rushe’s page on the Moorland Hotel where this also a video incorporating some of Site-Eye’s footage: http://www.mcaleer-rushe.co.uk/project/the-moorfield-hotel-brea-shetland/
Crossrail reached another important milestone today as 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machine Elizabeth broke into one of Europes largest mined caverns, 40m below Stepney Green in the East End of London.
Our Site-Eye colleague is exhibiting some of his work in Paris next week
I’m pleased to announce that i’m part of a group exhibition opening in Paris next week along with friends and colleagues from Get the Picture. Work from my project ‘Theres No Time For Art' will be shown along with my 'Drug Wrap' series. If you're in Paris for Paris Photo feel free to come along to the opening on the evening of the 15th.
David Cameron was in Belfast on Friday visiting the Bombardier factory as part of an investment conference where he was screened a film about the company made by Site-Eye. The film featured footage from our 5 years of time-lapse undertaken on the site and was made to commemorate the successful launch of their new aeroplane range - the C Series.
Bombardier is an aerospace and transportation company founded in Canada in the 1940’s. Its factory in East Belfast has been specially constructed to manufacture the wings for their new aeroplane range.
Site-Eye have been filming the site since 2009 beginning with the groundworks and initial factory construction right up until the first batch of wings were successfully produced just a couple of months ago.
The film that was screened featured much of this unique time-lapse footage as well as footage provided by Bombardier of the first C-Series test flight.
For more on this story check out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24493601 and http://www.bombardier.com/en/media-centre/newsList/details.bombardier-aerospace_20131011_primeministerformallyopensbombardi.html
A few weeks ago we installed one of our unique time-lapse cameras at the site of an exciting new development taking place in the south of France.
The site will become the ‘Tokamak Complex’; the world’s largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor. Currently the largest international research and engineering project, ITER (latin for “the way”), has been set up and funded by seven independent Members - the EU, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and the United States. The purpose of the facility is to conduct experiments into the possibility of harnessing the so-far untapped power of nuclear fusion.
As part of the arrangement Site-Eye have agreed to take no profits from the filming of this project due to its scientific importance.
Nuclear fusion is the process through which the sun produces its energy but has yet to be successfully recreated on earth. Currently scientists have had limited success repeating the process, the main stumbling block so far has been getting more energy out of the process than was put in. The ITER facility is due to be up and running by the mid 2020’s and is aiming to produce ten times the amount of energy put in by this point.
The technology has several attractive potentials; it is fuelled by hydrogen isotopes that can be harnessed through seawater, it produces virtually no pollutants and the radioactive waste that is produced as a by-product has a significantly reduced lifespan compared to current nuclear practises.
If the technology can be successfully harnessed though, it could provide a much needed answer to the world’s imminent energy problems.
Construction of the facility is not due to be completed until close to 2020 by which time Site-Eye cameras will have been clicking away for nearly 7 years.
For more information on the project visit the ITER website at: http://www.iter.org/
As part of an on-going dip back into the Site-Eye archives (there are literally hundreds of projects) today we bring you our time-lapse film of the construction and removal of the Temporary Greenwich Stadium for the 2012 London Olympics.
Construction of the stadium began in early April in preparation for the Olympic games hosted that summer. Greenwich Park has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1997 and as such it was imperative that the stadium was both only temporary and that it would leave no lasting impact on the park. Greenwich Park is actually London’s oldest Royal Park, dating back to 1433. It is also home to the world famous Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich mean Time and the 0º of Longitude.
The stadium was thusly built to sit just above the ground in an innovative design that saw it sit on platforms supported by stilts.
During the London Games the stadium hosted Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and the Paralympic Equestrian events in an arena that could support up to 23,000 spectators.
Once the games were over the stadium was carefully disassembled and removed, by late November of the same year the entire structure had been packed up and taken away. This summer, had you visited the park, you wouldn’t have ever known it had been there.
In timing with the imminent unveiling of London’s King’s Cross station’s newly redeveloped public square Site-Eye have released the first of their King’s Cross time-lapse videos.
Nearly 18 months since the opening of the new concourse this is the first time our unique footage has been made available. It charts the construction of the magnificent domed roof as well as the reconstruction and improvement works that took place within the station. Now synonymous with King’s Cross the diagrid roof, which has been likened to the kind seen atop the British Museum’s Great Court or the structure of the Millenium Dome, was described upon its opening as “the wow factor in the £500m redevelopment”.
Designed by architects John McAslan and Hiro Aso the semi-circular structure has a radius of 54 metres and is made up of over 2000 triangular bomb-proof roof panels, half of which are glass, allowing natural light to stream onto the newly built concourse below. Without a single visible bolt the entire structure is held in place without the need for a central supporting column allowing the maximum space available inside the concourse. The architects claim the new concourse is the longest single-span station structure in Europe and has increased the station’s capacity to facilitate over 55 million commuters a year.
The redeveloped concourse is not all about the new though as the 1852 Grade 1 listed facade of the original station was restored and brought back into use as the architects sought to mix their modern design with the heritage of the victorian station.
Site-Eyes’ unique footage was captured over several years from various camera angles making the most of our highly experienced team of engineers and camera operators.
The resulting footage presented here shows the entire construction process in a matter of minutes.
The new concourse was the first part of an overall £500 million development of the station which represents the biggest transformation of King’s Cross in its 160 year history. The second part will be the new open-air plaza at the front of the station; which Site-Eye were on hand to film the pre-celebrations of this weekend.
You can download our “10 days to go” time-lapse video of the event here:http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/imagelibrary/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=28&SubjectID=649
SITE-EYE COMPLETES CROSSRAIL FILMING AT CONNAUGHT TUNNEL
Site-Eye cameras have now completed the time-lapse filming of the work being carried out at the Connaught Tunnel.
The work was one of the more unique aspects of the Crossrail project. A large cofferdam the size of a football pitch was erected at the site in London’s Royal Docks. 13 million litres of water was then drained allowing workers access to the tunnel buried beneath. The tunnel, which was originally built in 1878, was broken into in May and work begun to prepare it to form part of the new Crossrail system.
It will be the only existing tunnel to be used on the new Crossrail underground network which is due to open in 2018.
Having been out of use since 2006 the Crossrail team set about reconstructing the tunnel for its new life. With access gained and work undertaken, the topside of the tunnel was then recovered and the giant cofferdam removed.
All work was completed ahead of schedule and time-lapsed by Site-Eye’s long term camera systems.
Here is another teaser video from the on-going collaboration between Site-Eye and the Natural History Museum.
This clip, which shows a collection of yellow budgies slowly rotating in a jar of preservative fluid, was filmed at the museum’s storage and research facility in Tring.
The footage of the specimen was shot in 3D using Site-Eye’s specially designed 3D turntable system. The same technique was used to great effect to bring the museum’s extinct Great Auk back to life earlier this year: http://tmblr.co/ZqwQnsrUsxBu.
The budgies are part of what is referred to by the museum as their ‘Spirit Collection’ which houses thousands of specimens of animals and plants. Site-Eye have been working with the museum over the past year developing this unique way of capturing the specimen in full 3D. The result of this technique is the visual reproduction of a full 3D replica of the original.
If successful the future implications of this technology could be highly intriguing, allowing life-size 3D models of long extinct animals to be sent across the world via email. Scientists would be able to study the specimens remotely and the museum could allow members of the public to view these animals whilst preserving the original specimens within the safety of the museum’s storage facility.
THE CURIOUS ISLAND OF PAPA WESTRAY AND THE EXTINCTION OF THE GREAT AUK
One of Site-Eye’s Directors, Brian McClave, has produced this teaser video from his recent trip to the remote Orkney island of Papa Westray.
This tantalising footage (all shot in 3D) offers a snippet of the wonders of the island, which sits 20 miles from the mainland and has a population of only around 70 people.
Its remote location and largely unknown beauty means its sights are rarely seen. Brian, along with colleague Dave Smith, shot hours of 3D footage including a mixture of our trademark time-lapse, real-time footage and interviews with local residents. This trailer offers a first look at what this rare island has to offer.
One of the smaller of the Orkney Isles at just over four miles long by a mile wide, Papa Westray has scenery that ranges from sandy beaches and imposing cliff faces to large swathes of green agricultural land. Including the ‘Knap of Howar’ the oldest preserved house in northern Europe which dates back over 6000 years to around 3500 BC as well as a host of other archaeologically interesting remnants, the island has plenty to be explored through our unique footage.
Brian spent a week on what the locals call ‘Papay’ in May of this year. His visit was part of an event set up by the Papay Community Association to mark the 200 year anniversary of the extinction of the Great Auk.
It was on Papa Westray that the last British breeding pair of this 30 inch bird were killed in May of 1813. Hunted out of existence, the Natural History Museum is in possession of one of the only known remaining specimens of the once abundant Great Auk.
As part of our on-going collaboration with the Natural History Museum, Site-Eye have produced a full 3D replica of the animal specimen which was shown to an audience of scientists and guests at the event held on the island over the weekend of the 17th - 19th of May.
Using a specially developed method of 3D filming, Brian was able to produce a visual experience that presented a virtual reconstruction of the bird to the assembled audience.
For more information on Site-Eye’s involvement with the museum and the museum’s Great Auk project visit their website at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/blogs/whats-new/2013/05/15/talking-of-auks
Site-Eye editors have now begun work on producing the Papa Westray film, watch this space for the latest developments.