Australian-made safety by the Lathams in London, Malaysia and Singapore
31 Jul

Australian-made safety by the Lathams in London, Malaysia and Singapore

Dane Latham

From Europe to South-East Asia, Latham products have made it to every corner of the globe thanks to our high level of craftsmanship and experience. We continue to contribute to some of the world’s most exciting, innovative, and iconic buildings — and we’re fortunate enough to do what we love every single day.

In this post, we explore three offshore projects that we’ve had the honour of supporting and enhancing over the years. If you haven’t seen our proud Australian projects, check them out here.

Australian War Memorial, London

Located in London’s sprawling Hyde Park, the Australian War Memorial is dedicated to the 102,000 Aussie heroes who gave their lives for our country in the First and Second World Wars. The Australian War Memorial forms part of the ceremonial route linking Admiralty Arch with the Mall, Buckingham Palace and the Marble Arch.

Taking inspiration from its location on Hyde Park Corner, the curves and contours of the memorial echo the shape of the space, making a landform that rises from the surface and creates a focus for the site. More than 23,844 place names can be found etched on the solid granite on the memorial.

Image Source: Janet Laurence ( You can catch our grates in the bottom right corner!)

“The form chosen for the memorial reflects the sweep of Australian landscape, the breadth and generosity of our people, the openness that we believe should characterise our culture.”

- Principal Architect Peter Tonkin

Completed in record time, the custom designed and fabricated curved brass grates were supplied in an incredibly short window when another supplier failed to make the grade.

This feat earned Latham's a special commendation from then Prime Minister John Howard  — and the memorial continues to be visited by thousands from around the world on a daily basis.

The Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia

Think Malaysia, think the Petronas Twin Towers. Located in the centre of bustling Kuala Lumpur and standing at 452 metres high, these twin skyscrapers earned the title of the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. Today, they’re still the tallest twin towers in the world and are an iconic landmark for tourists and locals alike.

Image Source: Archute

The skyscrapers themselves were designed by César Pelli (the architect who also designed the World Financial Center in NYC) and realised by a truly global team over its six-year long construction period. Unlike most skyscrapers, the towers are built predominantly using concrete and have a whopping 120 meters of solid foundation underneath to support its weight.

The project team sourced the very best materials from countries around the world, working with builders and suppliers from Asia to Europe and the Pacific. Needless to say, with Latham’s reputation for Australian-made products of the highest quality, our mechanical expansion joint covers were selected to be used throughout the building — as well as in the critical high movement sky bridge between the towers. Latham also supplied slip resistant stair inserts to the fire stairs in both towers to ensure safe egress between floors when not using the lifts. Latham’s and their long standing Malaysian Distributors Sun Synergy LLC are very proud of the link we have with these iconic buildings with form just part of the area known as Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore

Changi Airport is one of the world’s largest and busiest transportation hubs with over 7,400 flights landing and taking off every week, and 65.6 million passengers passing through the airport each year.

Since 2013, Changi Airport has held the title of the World’s Best Airport — and if you’ve ever been to Changi, it’s no surprise to see why. The airport is home to three massive terminals, a butterfly garden, cactus garden, free massage chairs, and more. If that wasn’t enough, Changi Airport opened up “Jewel” in 2019: a billion-dollar mall and lifestyle hub that features the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, over 280 shops, an IMAX movie theatre and a hotel.

Image Source: NY Times

Latham’s have had a long and proud association with Changi Airport. Latham Mechanical Brass Expansion Joints were installed in Terminal 1 which opened in 1981. Latham Expansion Joint Covers again were the desired solution for Terminal 2, then the famous Terminal 3 and, most recently, the associated hub and shopping precinct for the 3 Terminals, the Jewel. Also through the  Changi precinct other Latham products have been widely used including; Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc and Tile Strips for controlling thermal expansion and contraction in hard floor surfaces, and Latham Asbraloy Aluminium and Asbrabronz solid brass safety stair tread nosings as well as our range of dirt control entry mat systems. Latham’s and their long standing Singapore distributors Nikko Industrial Services are extremely proud of the 40 plus year associations with the world renowned aviation mega airport know as Changi.

Proudly Australian - made for over 65 years

Latham's continue to bring high-quality, Australian-made safety to some of the world’s most daring and ambitious spaces — and will continue to do so for generations to come. To learn more about these projects and the products used, take a look at our product range below.

 

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Dane Latham

Dane is Latham’s Administration Manager. For more than 30 years he’s been looking after all things finance, HR, marketing and IT here. As an avid supporter of Australian made and owned products, Dane is most proud of the role that Latham's premium grade products play in iconic Australian buildings like the Sydney Opera House and the MCG, as well as international structures such as the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.

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