Known as blocks D and E, both are nine-storey steel-framed structures, with the former being a predominantly commercial building including a third-floor restaurant.
Block D required 570t of structural steelwork and was the final building to be erected. Shipley Structures Director Glynn Shepperson said: “In order to maintain the aesthetic requirements of the architect and client, diagonal steel bracing had to be omitted from the front elevation and the building returns, due to the high volume of glazing.
“While utilising shallow floor beams to limit the building height, the stability of the overall steel structure was maintained by the strategic use of temporary bracings until the ultimate composite design action of the frame was achieved.”
The previously erected block E required 480t of steelwork and was completed last December. This L-shaped building will house retail on the ground floor and student apartments on the upper levels.