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An introduction to Bay Plastics Ltd
Bay Plastics Ltd has continued to expand at a rapid rate since being established in 1989. We supply customers all over the world with quality plastic materials and products at competitive prices. Our professional cutting service and fabrication division can fulfil all of your plastic requirements. All of our plastic products are from world leading brands that ensure quality and consistency at all times.
Plastic Fabrication Service
Bay Plastics commitment to service and unrivalled product knowledge enables us to guide you in all aspects of material selection, component design through to production. Whatever the application, we can offer a solution to all of your bespoke plastic needs.
Our comprehensive plastic fabrication service can offer various types of plastic moulding, vacuum forming, bending, polishing and CNC machining of plastic materials. We are capable of running everything from prototypes and one offs to full production runs. To compliment this we also offer a comprehensive design and troubleshooting service.
Cut to size Perspex® Acrylic
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Perspex® Acrylic - Materials That Shape The North
Visitors to the 'largest event in England' this year will get a close up view of the Perspex® acrylic range within a material showcase at the The Great Exhibition of the North. The free, summer long festival is a celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit taking place in Newcastle.
London-based design and materials consultancy MaterialDriven was asked by the Baltic Centre and Ryder Architecture to design and curate a materials display within the framework of a 7.3 meter diameter Pacific Dome, a type of geodesic dome that owes its design to Buckminster Fuller. Over 20 triangular panels of Perspex ® acrylic in a range of colours and textures have been used to create the structure alongside over 50 designers, material makers and manufacturers with ties to the North.
The display needed to reflect the diversity, heritage and emerging innovation in the North of England through the lens of materials and their makers. Being manufactured in Lancashire since the 1930’s and produced using monomer from Billingham, Perspex® acrylic joins this celebration of heritage, innovation and on-going success from the North.
Local approved fabricators Bay Plastics also supported the project by fabricating each of the Perspex® acrylic triangles at their Newcastle base.
The exhibition – Materials That Shaped the North – is now open at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts Newcastle. The Great Exhibition of the North runs from 22nd June – 9thSeptember.
MaterialDriven is led by partners Purva Chawla and Adele Orcajada who take us through their thoughts on the project.
Nested within the exhibition Idea of North is this geodesic dome with its Materials that Shape the North exhibition supported in partnership with Ryder Architecture. This curated display developed by agency MaterialDriven aims to take the visitor through a material journey into northern identity. Today, in a post-industrial future, the North maybe said to be pushing boundaries in new ways. Knowledge and innovation in the realm of materials–both handcrafted and those manufactured at large scale–continues to be pivotal.
Mounted to the exterior and interior of the dome’s structure, from ground to ceiling, are a variety of materials–diverse in form, colour, size, texture and indeed their source. While the facade of the dome displays a grid of visually dramatic materials, those on the inside have a finer grain and encourage visitors to look at them closely, to touch surfaces and investigate them.
Interspersed with the dome’s inset triangles occupied by such engaging materials, are thought-provoking questions that invite the visitor to pause in the interior space of the dome, and contemplate the identity of the North, and ideas concerning material futures. These concerns are a common thread that unite the many materials of diverse origins-covering issues such as reclaiming waste, structural efficiency, advanced responsiveness to the environment, or transparency and sensory appeal.
This theme ties in with a growing, global realisation–that innovative materials and their creators are key enablers to an optimistic future; and that ‘material-makers’ and their products are core to the solutions that best connect us our communities and that may indeed help us shape our future environment.
Stratified layers, much like the geological layers of the earth’s crust (which represent distinct ages) became the inspiration for the organization of the dome’s materials display. Spread across five layers–bottom to top–the dome’s materials experience transitions from thick weaves and carpets, to ‘featured’ one-off materials and interactive pieces at its centre, to colourful Perspex® acrylic, light steel meshes, and innovative paper, and finally to mirror-like reflective materials and light-responsive inks at its very top.
These stratified layers draw from the heritage of the North and the wealth of emerging materials that indeed will dominate its future, but equally, the layers reference a much broader concept being discussed and responded to in the fields of art, science, design and making today–The Anthropocene.
The Anthropocene is widely recognized as a new geological age–one that is visualized as a distinct and heavy footprint on the earth–defined and shaped by our industrialisation, technological advancement, and rampant consumer culture. Thousands of years from now, our current age–The Anthropocene – will appear to be physically distinct and identifiable, through materials evidence embedded in layers of the earth.
With this timely discussion in mind and the past and future of the North at the heart of the exhibit, what better way to make sense of our materials and their evolution than to visualize them in layers that reflect ties to time, region, and to the earth? This curated display aims to take the visitor through a material journey into northern identity and heritage while creating an experience that leaves a lasting impact on all those concerned with the Future of the North.
Image Credit - MaterialDriven
Perspex® Clear Cast
Rainbow River Lights up Durham Lumiere Festival
A Perspex® acrylic prism was the unusng hero at this year’s Durham Lumiere festival as Rainbow River showered a spectrum of colourful light across the River Wear. Designed by Alison Lowery and Richard Hornby and made by approved Perspex® fabricators Bay Plastics, the installation was one of almost 30 exhibits at the UK’s largest light festival with an estimated 200,000 visitors this year.
With a background in science, Alison and Richard submitted their concept to organisers Artichoke’s BRILLIANT competition. BRILLIANT is a local commissioning scheme which invites people from or living in the North East to submit ideas for an artwork made using light as the primary medium. Rainbow River was chosen to be made reality and displayed alongside leading international artists.
Alison picks up the story from there:
“We intended to make a piece of art to recognise the UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, and were inspired by the classic experiments of Sir Isaac Newton. The idea of making a giant prism and casting a rainbow across the river at our ideal site was exciting. Both Richard and I have close ties to Durham and were delighted to be chosen for Artichoke’s BRILLIANT award for Durham’s Lumiere.”
The prism itself used triangular Perspex® acrylic panels on a steel frame 2m 30cm tall. Strong spotlights are then used to cast a rainbow, with a white light beam shining down onto it from the river bank representing the light being refracted into the colours of the spectrum.
Perspex® acrylic specialists Bay Plastics have worked on various Lumiere projects over the years and were asked to help bring this project to life. 10mm Perspex® acrylic was used to construct the prism providing a strong structure resilient to outdoor conditions whilst remaining light enough to be portable. Bay Plastics were able to use their large 3m cutting facilities to cut the large panels to the required specification.
The exhibition has now finished however it is hoped that the artwork will go on show in future events.
For more information about Lumiere 2015 ,produced by Artichoke in Durham, visit www.lumiere-festival.com.
To find out more about approved fabricators Bay Plastics visit www.bayplastics.co.uk.
Images © Matthew Andrews 2015
Durham Lumiere festival
Bay Plastics filmed for the Telegraph Business Club
Perspex® approved stockists and fabricators Bay Plastics have recently featured in a film made by the Telegraph Business Club.
Welcoming the film crew to their Tyne and Wear based business, the video - which can be viewed here - overviews their growth over the past 25 years.
As you can see in the video, Bay Plastics offer a comprehensive range of fabrication services for multiple markets including advertising, retail, construction and lighting, all managed by their team of plastics experts.
They also sell cut to size Perspex® to the general public via their e-commerce store www.plasticstockist.com - ideal for those looking for fast delivery and wide product availability.
Bay Plastics deliver stunning Everyman Remembered artwork
As part of the Royal British Legion Every Man Remembered project, a 7m high Perspex® acrylic obelisk was used to compliment and surround the bronze sculpture; both strategically positioned by creator Mark Humphrey to produce the Centenary Soldier.
The soldier stands proud in a field of poppies, which flutter up and softly fall, paying tribute to each and every man for the sacrifices they made in World War I. In this way the soldier is “surrounded by his comrades and fellow men, creating a spiritual ambiance about it,” Mark explained.
Humphrey called upon trusted fabricators, Bay Plastics who manufactured the Perspex® acrylic obelisk and installed the masterpiece in Trafalgar Square, London, before embarking on a four year UK tour.
20mm thick Clear Perspex® cast acrylic sheet was chosen as the ideal material for the project due to its clarity, impact strength and excellent fabrication properties. At over 7m high, structural integrity was required to accommodate wind loadings and adverse weather conditions, so Bay Plastics teamed up with a local steel fabricator Motech. In order to enable transportation and portability, the obelisk was constructed in 3 sections using stainless steel to produce a skeleton framework onto which the panels fabricated from Perspex® acrylic were fixed.
Extensive research was then required to establish the mechanism by which the poppy petals would be circulated around the statue. After much experimentation, the correct combination of fans and sequencing was achieved resulting in the magnificent spectacle that is the Centenary Soldier.
In this centenary year The Royal British Legion and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are working to keep alive the memory of those who fell in the First World War.
To take part in a truly historic and incredibly significant act of Remembrance, visit http://www.everymanremembered.org/ to make your donation.
For more information about approved fabricators Bay Plastics, visit www.bayplastics.co.uk
Ice-circles create stunning Christmas tree sculpture
Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living unveiled what is undoubtedly London’s most innovative Christmas tree – Ice-circles, a sculpture created, designed and installed by artist in residence Mark Humphrey and manufactured by Bay Plastics Ltd exclusively for the luxury accommodation on Park Lane, London.
The 3m tall work of art currently takes pride of place in the grand seven-storey vaulted Atrium that lies at the heart of Grosvenor House Apartments. Giving residents a modern and contemporary twist on a quintessential British Christmas, Ice-circles is fashioned from a series of perfectly-formed Perspex® acrylic circles which run from base to apex. A beautiful green light source emanates from the centre of the ‘tree’ giving a sense of traditional green foliage.
Perspex® approved fabricators Bay Plastics Ltd worked closely with designer Mark Humphrey to bring his concept design to reality, the final design uses 20mm Clear S2000 frosted Perspex® acrylic rings stacked onto 60 levels of 30mm Clear Perspex® separators.
Each layer was profiled and polished prior to being secured in place, to allow for easy installation on site the tree was made into 9 sections.
Mark Humphrey commented, ‘The concave cone shape of Ice-circles, made up of over 60 ‘halo’ circles, 3m tall and weighing one tonne (including the plinth), echoes the form of an icicle where light and shade are frozen in time.
Each frosted Perspex® circle has its own cavity of light, coloured a festive evergreen, to form a translucent structure which illuminates the grand central atrium with my distinctive homage to Christmas.’
Nick Kenny of Bay Plastics Ltd commented, “Our commitment to service and unrivalled product knowledge enabled us to guide Mark Humphrey in all aspects of the material selection, component design and production.
We used the very latest Solidworks and Artcam software to model this very unique design prior to manufacture, this enabled us to meet the very demanding delivery date set by Mark as prototyping was simply not an option.