Bradford-based Lindapter has found an ununual application for its Hollo-Bolt expansion bolts – they are being used to attach giant bee sculptures to one of the world’s tallest residential buildings.
The bees – the work of sculptor Richard Stringer – are the latest installation art to be attached to the façade of the 300m high Eureka tower, which dominates the Southbank area of Melbourne, Australia.
The contractor needed a means of securing the bees to the 92-floor apartment building that would be unobtrusive as well as tough. Lindapter Hollo-Bolts fitted the bill as they have a patented expansion bolt design to attach the hollow-section structural steelwork behind the facade.
Lindapter’s Scott Brook said: ‘The space behind the façade is quite cramped. Welding the mounts into place would have been difficult. Hollo-Bolts allowed the contractor to fix them in place easily, working just on the exposed face of the steelwork.’
The Lindapter Hollo-Bolt is an expansion bolt method of securing to square, rectangular or circular hollow section steel, or to conventional steelwork where access is available from one side only.