Waitrose Bagshot - Bespoke Bullnose Eaves

Sector: Eaves System
Architect: Forum Architecture
Client: Waitrose
Contractor: Progressive Systems Limited

Impressive double-curved eaves for new Waitrose

A £14 million 25,000sq ft. food store, the eco-friendly Waitrose in Bagshot, Surrey, boasts a stunning contemporary design. Offering an outstanding shopping experience for the local community, the building was designed by Forum Architects to minimise its impact on the surrounding rural environment. Bailey’s products were key to meeting a complex design brief, where aesthetics and performance were crucial.

The low-lying building’s main feature is a wave-like, undulating green roof, which was designed to reflect the surrounding hills and heathland. The front of the building features a double-curved Bailey bullnose eave, to enhance this effect. When viewed in a wider context, the roof does not break the line of the horizon, meaning the building does not impose as much on the natural landscape of the site.

Bailey’s bullnose eaves were specified for the project by Forum Architecture, construction project architect and lead consultant for the retail development. Due to the technical challenges associated with the double-curved eaves systems, Forum knew that Bailey was the only company up to the job.

For this architecturally-led project, Bailey supported the architect and the contractor throughout the initial design period, drawing up detailed 3D models. Using a combination of steel models alongside multiple profiles and projections, Bailey’s experts helped to achieve the architect’s vision of a sweeping canopy for the building.

Offering the full package, Bailey manufactured the bespoke system, which included bullnose, fascia and soffits in a mix of straight and curved sections, with a metallic silver powder coated finish. Modules of panels were turned around extremely quickly and supplied in split deliveries along with drawings, to aid the contractor with installation.

Construction was completed in August 2015, and the project received excellent feedback from local residents when it opened in the same month.

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