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Lincoln transport hub takes shape with steel

May 17, 2017 by NSC in Weekly News
Steel construction is helping to create a new transport hub for the city of Lincoln. Including a 1,000-space multi-storey car park, a new bus station, retail space and a pedestrian plaza, the scheme will on completion be a new gateway for the city.

Led by City of Lincoln Council, the scheme has received £11M funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), along with a further £2M from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP).

Along with its other partners, Lincolnshire Co-op, Network Rail, Lincolnshire County Council and East Midlands Trains – the City Council aims to deliver the scheme by January 2018.

David Reid Operations Manager for main contractor Willmott Dixon said: “The location of this project means it will act as a catalyst for further Lincoln city centre regeneration developments.”

The largest single structural element of the scheme is the six-level multi-storey car park. The structure is a large square with each elevation measuring approximately 100m-long.

Founded on a series of 18m-deep piles, it has been designed as a steel-framed structure, based on a 16.1m x 7.5m grid pattern, with the steelwork supporting precast flooring units.

“The car park was originally going to be a precast concrete structure but we changed to a steel-framed solution because steel offered cost and speed of construction benefits,” said Mr Reid.

“Another reason was that the supply chain for precast suppliers is limited, while our choice of steelwork contractor was quite extensive.”

John Roberts Architects Project Architect Paul Ponwaye added: “We, along with Willmott Dixon, recognised at an early design stage the benefits of using a structural steel frame for the multi-storey car park, offering maximum clear spans to avoid unnecessary columns which would potentially affect the capacity of the car park.”

Caunton Engineering is fabricating, supplying and erecting 1,000t of steel for the car park.

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