AirClad is embarking on a major new project aboard Bad Boat, Antwerp. Nick Crosbie, director of AirClad, answered a few questions on the project:
Can you outline the current AirClad project taking place in Antwerp?
The Badboot project has been developed to cover and extend the operation times of a roof top bar on a barge in Antwerp Harbour. The structure has been designed to be used all winter and part removed in the summer to open up the roof. The structure is 9m wide and 18m long and constructed from white powder coated steel to complement the design and lines of the existing boat. The air cells are all clear allowing for the continuation of the panoramic views across the harbour. The whole structure seals to the boat and allows the space to be comfortably heated in the winter. The boat itself is used as an ice skating and restaurant/events space in the winter and in the summer the ice rink reverts to a swimming pool.
What are the technical considerations and challenges for such a project?
The design has been worked to complement the steel construction of the existing boat. The biggest consideration was the lead time given by the client. This was under 6 weeks for the whole design / build and installation! The main construction is all modular and everything is computer design and detailed and translate to manufacturing with absolute accuracy. The whole project is delivered in flat packed form to bolt together on the boat. The build is expected to take one day preparation and two days on the boat.
Update: Everything was delivered and installed complete ready to open in under 3 days. Below are images from Antwerp as well as the original project renders: