ATL’s works on the new SEALIFE rescue facility
This winter saw us complete ATL’s works on the new SEALIFE rescue facility in Birmingham
ATL were appointed as the specialist waterproofing and submerged glazing contractor for this exciting new rescue facility. ATL’s works on the new SEALIFE rescue facility are now complete and can be seen at the National SEALIFE located at Brindley Place set in the heart of central Birmingham.
Creating new and imaginative mammal exhibits within an existing attraction is always a challenge and SEALIFE Birmingham is no exception. To create the necessary proportions of land and water space the new exhibit spans between the top two floors of the building which was originally designed by eminent architect Sir Norman Foster back in 1995. The concrete exhibit structure was designed and built in situ by other specialist contractors. ATLs role was to co ordinate and supply the waterproofing of the exhibit with all the other trades and whilst the site remained open to visitors.
Bespoke surface skimmers designed in conjunction with the life support system specialist and were built and installed by ATL during the lining works. A separate composite animal care isolation tank was built sectionally and assembled on site to overcome difficult access issues and this is located in a back of house zone.
Once waterproofing was complete our team had to undertake the very demanding viewing panel installation exercise. As previously mentioned this new exhibit is located between the top two floors of the cantilever slab and ramped building. For specific animal husbandry reasons heat soak toughed and laminated glass viewing panels were selected. Large glass viewing panels are more susceptible to damage during the installation and handling stages. The largest viewing panel weighed in at over 1000kg so this called on all of ATL’s vast experience to complete safely.
All of the glass viewing panels were delivered onto site and offloaded using specialist lifting gantries onto bespoke low profile stillage’s. The stillages were then maneuvered up the ramps adjacent to the location. With great care the glasses were all gently lowered down into the exhibit and safely installed into the rebates.
The team completed the specialist sealing operation and handed over the pool for the other teams to complete their works.
A few weeks ago it was announced Miley and Boo, two rescue seals from Hunstanton and Scarborough were to be the first inhabitants of their stunning new home in the SEALIFe rescue facility. Take a look at Miley and Boo settling in :
Its now 24 years since many of the existing ATL team worked on the original installation of aquarium tanks including life support systems for Birmingham. This is our latest project and we are all very proud to have been involved with yet another prestigious and very worthwhile project at the National SEALIFE, Birmingham.