Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow is the world's fastest growing aerospace exhibition, in 2013 generating civil aircraft orders alone worth £135b. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin decided to invest in this opportunity building a brand new 2 storey chalet for this year's show. SDD, part of the GES global network, were awarded the contract. Helm-X have built numerous big structures for SDD at airshows around the world, but this was the largest and most challenging so far. After months of design and discussion, we were finally given the go ahead in late June, giving us only 6 weeks to detail, fabricate and finish 40 tonnes of steel and stack everything into containers for it to be shipped to Dubai in time to install it for the show.

Our site team arrived out in Dubai at the end of September. Dubai Airshow is located at the newly completed Al Makatoum airport, which is 40km south of Dubai in the middle of the desert. Our boys had to acclimatise to temperatures as high as 49 degrees Celsius, Humidity as high as 90%, sandstorms, and even mini tornados! Nevertheless, the steel structure was complete within 2 weeks.

The building comprises of 2 floors, with a downstairs terrace, a first floor terrace, and a roof terrace. Half of the building is cladded with composite panels, the other half is glazed with blue tinted 17.5mm laminated glass. The terrace areas have baluster free 21.5mm glass balustrade. Access to the 1st floor is via a glazed internal staircase. Front access to the ground floor is via a glazed ramp with canopy, access to the rear by a staircase. There is also a fire escape for access to the first floor and roof terrace. The floors were decked with metal decking and then layers of plywood. The roof and terrace areas had a waterproof membrane and gutter system fitted. All of this work took our site team 5 weeks to complete. We handed the building over to Interface, who did a fantastic job fitting the inside of the chalet out.

The show started on the 9th November and the chalet was officially opened by Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and Sheik  Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The chalet looks spectacular and stood out at the show, a worthy investment for Lockheed Martin and a proud success for our client SDD. The building is permanent and will be used annually for future airshows. 





Posted on 13 Nov 2015 by HelmX

CE Marking

As from July 2014, BS EN 1090 certification became a legal requirement for structural steelwork fabrication companies who manufacture and sell steel and aluminium structures and structural products within the EU. 

The requirements of BS EN 1090 ensure that appropriate controls are in place at every stage of the manufacturing process. The standard embraces all processes from the procurement of raw materials through to final inspection and testing of structural products. Verification of compliance includes such areas as: material certification analysis, testing and storage, staff training, testing and qualification, equipment calibration, consumable certification and control, quality control and testing of product, control of records and documents, including control off issue, product identification and marking, and internal audit control of non conforming product.

BS EN 1090 sets out four Execution Classes (EXC’s) based on the end use of the structure and how critical it would be if it failed. At Helm-X we are certfied up to and including Execution Class 2, which covers all aggricultural, residential, and commercial structures. 

To gain certification, we had to carry out initial type-testing of our products, implement a Factory Production Control (FPC), appoint a responsible welding coordinator (RWC), implement a welding quality management system and further laboratory testing of samples in accordance with our FPC.

We then had our factory inspected, our welders tested, and our FPC checked for compliance by notified body BM TRADA, who have passed us and issued us with our certificate for the standard at Execution Class 2. In addtion to being a legal requirement in the industry, CE marking gives a further guarrantee and assurance  of quality for our client's structural steelwork requirements. 



Posted on 12 Nov 2015 by HelmX

Reading Station

Reading Station has recently undergone massive £879 million refurbishment works with a huge platform overbridge spanning its 15 platforms. Helm-X and Proteus Architects once again teamed up to secure the contract to build 3 steel and glass structures to be rented out by 6 retailers; Boots, Oliver Bonas, Cards Galore, Upper Crust, Cornish Pasty Co., and Hotel Chocolate. All 6 shops were open for business in time for the official opening of the station by the Queen.


Posted on 29 Sep 2014 by HelmX
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With the absence of a regular British motorshow, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become the biggest exhibition event in the UK motoring calendar. Since Lord March founded the event in 1993 it has grown from strength to strength to ticket-only attendance now capped at 150,000 per day. Helm-X has become an established name at Goodwood over the years. 2012 was Lotus' big year when they had the honour of the central display infront of Goodwood House; Helm-X provided the steelwork and glass for their exhibition pavilion. However these efforts were dwarfed in 2014, with two fantastic projects we were proud to be a part of; Audi and Skoda.

Posted on 09 Jul 2014 by HelmX
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2014 will be the 10th consecutive year Helm-X has been at Baselworld, the Swiss watch and jewellery show. It is one the biggest exhibition events in the world with the vast majority of global watch trading occuring here. It is a mecca for exhibition steelwork, with over 2000 exhibitors cramming in double decker and triple decker stands into the purpose built multi-hall Messe. 2013 was a big year for the show, as it saw the opening of a new hall which in turn saw exhibitors competing with each other to fill the space. Some of the companies that seized this opportunity were Guess GC, Guess Jewellery, and the Geneva Watch Company.

Posted on 10 Feb 2014 by HelmX
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David Bowie is....

David Bowie is…’ is already proving to be the V&A’s most popular exhibition in its history. It explores Bowie's extraordinary contribution to culture and his influence on art, music and fashion. Together with The Hub, Helm-X, produced the eye-catching feature in the main room of the exhibition. It is one of the most conceptual visualisations ever used,  a towering screen playing Bowie's hits itself formed from spectacualrly lit glass boxes encasing some of his most visually impressive stage outfits.

Posted on 08 Apr 2013 by HelmX
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Voyagers has opened at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in its newly-built Sammy Ofer Wing. HelmX worked on the gallery for client The Hub. It contains over 200 objects representing the extraordinary depth and range of the Museum’s collection. Voyagers features a dynamic audio-visual installation using bespoke software created by The Light Surgeons.


Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by HelmX
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Mercedes Reveal

The sensational Concept A-CLASS recently completed a national tour of the UK, making high profile appearances in four major cities - Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow. The striking concept model formed the centrepiece of one of the most dramatic automotive displays ever seen in the UK. Encased in a mirrored cube, the Concept A-CLASS was surrounded by pillars of coloured LED light. These responded to the sound of passers-by, changing colour and revealing the vehicle within.


Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by HelmX
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HelmX at London 2012

Recently Helm-X completed a challenging project at the Olympic Village for Adidas, working for our client SDD. The main aim of the project was to construct a steel portal framed building on the car park roof of Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, overlooking the Olympic Stadium. The structure was 40m by 20m in dimensions with a mezzanine floor, complete with handrail and staircase. The building also manipulated the existing steelwork of the car park to form a terrace area which adjoined to our mezzanine. The building was clad internally and roofed using composite insulated cladding.

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by GoDesigns
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Hollywood Costumes

HelmX recently completed a project for client The Hub at The Victoria and Albert Museum, their autumn exhibition called 'Hollywood Costume'. The exhibition explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Here you can see together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making. Some of the unforgettable and beloved characters' clothes displayed are those of Dorothy Gale, Indiana Jones, Scarlett O'Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by HelmX
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