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A towering distraction

A towering distraction

QD Plastics has recently installed a dramaticPerspex tower at Kilsyth Health Centre, Lanarkshire, in a project designed by Civic Architects.

The tower features a winning combination of Perspex solid, translucent and transparent colours, as supplied by Perspex Distribution, which were especially selected by Civic Architects to simulate the coded patterns of DNA profiles, which were used to representthe individuals living within the community, whilethe overlapping Perspex panels casts coloured shadows across the walls, courtyard and corridors of the building.

The text on the sculptures was gathered during a series of meetings with local groups in Kilsyth, when attendees movingly spoke of their own relationship with their local area and the people residing within it.  The aim was to use the messages to provide a positive distraction to patients, visitors and staff at the new health centre, while the vertical structure of the tower is designed to draw their gaze to the sky and reflect on the ever changing panorama of the heavens.

CAD drawings produced by Civic Architects provided QD Plastics with a wide variety of the messages, which it then cut into the materials using a CNC router, thus linking the sculpture to local places, memories and ideas.

QD Plastics, the Glasgow-based approved Perspex fabricator, has specialised in plastic fabrication since 1965. Renowned for the originality of its bespoke designs, the company offers a full range of fabrication services and is one of the few UK companies to hold the EN 13067 plastic welding accreditation.

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Civic Architects has a strong background in collaborative, community led design projects and won the Architect of the Year award in the Environmental Excellence category in 2012.

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