News AROUND THE PRESS Construction News 21 August 2015 Interserve delivers red-brick refurb University of Birmingham – They project team relied upon a series of temporary platforms on either side of the building envelope, so that the steel beams could be passed through the open window reveals. Sequencing of steel delivery and placing was tailored to prevent any overloading of the structure. Building Magazine 24 July 2015 The Broadway Westfield Bradford – “H&M wanted to create a ‘pop up’ level in the roof, above the store, which meant extra structural steel had to be added. This is where steel’s flexibility comes to the fore. It’s easy to strengthen the structure simply by adding more steel. With concrete it would have been much more difficult,” Keith Whitmore, Westfield’s Head of Design and Construction. Building Magazine 24 July 2015 Longbridge town centre regeneration “We like using steel, because of its speed and flexibility, which makes it ideal for retail, where the tenants requirements can change,” explains St Modwen’s Construction Manager Mark Batchelor. Liverpool Echo 22 July 2015 Anfield Main Stand’s new huge roof truss set to be lifted into place Beginning at 7.30am the truss will be raised from a podium and is expected to be level with the top of the Main Stand’s new steel structure by 9am before rising above it. Between 1.30pm and 2pm the truss will be lifted above the existing Main Stand, landing on the towers between 2pm and 3pm. Construction News 3 July 2015 Mace puts on a South Bank show CIT Tower - The core has been extended upwards to accommodate the new 11 floors. “To keep the loads to a minimum, the structure for these floors comprises steelwork wrapped around the core and lightweight concrete floor slabs,” says Mace’s Project Director Shaun Tate. 8 NSC September 15 Steel supports power station project Voortman launch 3D plasma bevels Dutch-based steel processing machinery and larger deviations in the gas flow. manufacturer Voortman has released a The Voortman 3D bevel unit is new 3D plasma bevel which it says will equipped with 3D collision protection improve cutting quality. that will prevent damage to the torch The new design with gas valves in the event that it collides with the positioned as near as possible to the end processing material. process (plasma arc) offers advantages To save time the 3D collision to the customer claims Voortman. protection for the Voortman 3D bevel The further the gas valves are from unit uses a magnet holder where the the end process, the harder it is to torch can easily be remounted back in control the gas specifically at this point. the holder to minimise downtime after a This could result in a longer post flow collision. Steel contractor Adey Steel will soon begin work to fabricate and install more than 700t of façade retention steelwork at Lots Road power station in Chelsea, London. Built in 1904 the iconic riverside site has remained unused since its decommissioning in 2002. Developers will soon begin building 706 homes on the eight-acre site including two towers, one of which will be 37 storeys high. The steelwork will comprise three core towers along the length of the interior of the building, each tower will have multiple ‘branches’ at four levels reaching out to support ring beams fixed to the interior walls. These temporary structures will remain in place during strip out of the existing steelwork and until a replacement steel frame to suit the buildings new use is erected. The project is said to be challenging due to the scale of the existing building and the legacy of basements and pits in the internal floor. The 100-year old steelwork from the original build needs to be negotiated as the new supporting steel is erected; as a result crane and access equipment has been tailored to suit these limiting conditions. Adey Steel Operations Director Ross Brown commented: “This is a landmark project for us, to be involved in one of the largest façade retention schemes in London to date is testament to our business. We have been working hard with our client studying the design solutions for the project ensuring best value and buildability, and we now look forward to the project getting under way.” Northerly outpost gets new school and community centre Work is progressing on schedule for a £48M school and community leisure centre project in one of the UK’s most northerly towns. The Wick Community Campus will replace three existing schools (one secondary and two primary) with a single educational facility consisting of three interconnected teaching wings. Adjacent to the school structure, the campus will also include a community block housing a 25m-long swimming pool, library and fitness suite, Both of these large buildings are being built with structural steelwork, with the team citing a number of reasons for this design choice. “The location and logistics played a key role in choosing steel for this project. All materials have to arrive via a long road journey and steel is easily transported,” says hub North Scotland Project Director Ian Leslie. Working on behalf of hub, main contractor Galliford Try will complete the job in time for the autumn term of 2016. More than 1,200t of structural steelwork is being supplied and erected on the project by BHC.
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