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Project Portfolio

The British Airways World Cargo Centre, Heathrow
The distinctive metallic building on the south of Heathrow's runways, west of Terminal 4, is vast. Opened in 1999, it cost 250 million pounds sterling to build and provides 83,000 square metres, doubling British Airways' capacity at its main hub to 800,000 tonnes a year.

The facility employs 1,550 people and handles an estimated 20 billion worth of freight, courier and mail each year.

The engineers prevented cracking by designing a large number of SK bearings into the structure.
The Channel Tunnel
A number of service pipes run the length of the Channel Tunnel. In order to prevent cracks developing in the saddles supporting these from thermal movements, SK Bearings designed and manufactured specialised sliding bearings which are installed between the pipes and their support saddles.
No.1 Court, Wimbledon
The stands surrounding Wimbledon's new Number One Court rest on SK Bearings steel-reinforced elastomeric bearings and sliding bearing strips to prevent cracking.
The Thames Barrier
Reports of the capital being flooded date back to the Anglo Saxon Chronicle of 1099. The great floods of 1236 were so severe that people could row boats inside Westminster Hall. The idea of a barrier was prompted by severe floods in 1953 which claimed the lives of over 300 people and drenched 160,000 acres of farmland in salt water.

Charles Draper's innovative design which uses radial gates on sills developed from the gas tap principle was commissioned in 1965 and by 1982, the capital was prepared to withstand the onslaught of a surge tide - a great hump of water travelling at between 50 and 60 miles an hour along the Thames estuary. The Thames Barrier is an impressive feat of engineering and continues to be the world's largest moveable flood barrier, spanning one third of a mile across the river at Woolwich Reach.

The structure is protected from cracking with specially designed SKS Sliding Bearings. These are located between structural elements to control the small movements resulting from loading, thermal or seasonal changes. The bearings accommodate anticipated movements (typically +/- 10mm but sometimes +/- 25mm or greater) whilst ensuring that the load is transmitted evenly (eg through the centre of a supporting wall rather than along its edge).
The New Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
The Bolshoi Theatre and surrounding buildings have been undergoing a major programme of refurbishment and expansion.

To protect the new theatre from ground borne vibration generated by the nearby Metro, the entire internal structure has been isolated from the outer structure by SKG laminated elastometric bearings.
International Terminal, Stansted Airport
SK Bearings have been used extensively throughout the structure of the International Terminal at London's third airport, Stansted.
The British Embassy, Moscow
The impressive Ahrends, Burton & Korelek design for the new British Embassy in Moscow costing 80 million stands as a symbol of Britain's resurgence in one of the key world capitals.

SK Bearings has been used extensively throughout the project.

SK Bearings are grateful to the Foreign Office and to Ahrends, Burton & Korelek (architects) as well as Hayes Davidson (computer-generated images) for permission to feature this image of the embassy.
Canary Wharf Station, Docklands
SK Bearings manufactures a range of anti-vibration bearings to protect buildings and parts of buildings from ground-borne vibration.

In this project, the distinctively curved roof structure, located between Canary Wharf Tower and another tower block, was vulnerable to wind-borne oscillation.

The problem was solved by locating steel-reinforced elastomeric bearings from SK Bearings between the roof frame and main structure (see left). The project also incorporated specially designed and moulded circular bearings.