Hillcrest were delighted to be involved with a project that is dedicated to the preservation of the sole remaining Landing Craft Tank (LCT 7074) from the D-Day Landings of Normandy beaches on 6th June 1944. The unique wave like canopy structure and LCT 7074 tank will become a truly significant addition to Portsmouth, forming an eye-catching feature to the coast front.
Careful consideration was applied throughout the design stage to integrate the electrical services and drainage system which was concealed within the structural steel mast columns to form an aesthetic appearance. All internal pipes were formed out of mild steel tubes which greatly increased the complexity of the column fabrication.
What were the challenges and what made the project successful?
The underside of the primary roof steelwork was detailed with small RSA cleats at close centres. These support the fabric sail membrane. The items have been fully coordinated with the 3D model and supplied by the contractor responsible for the design of the sail membrane. This ensured a smooth transition between design & installation.
Project in numbers
- Project Value - £880,000
- Tonnage - 152 tonnes
- 12 No. fabricated columns at 12m tall