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Dubbed the most significant cultural and energyefficient
attraction planned for the 21st Century,
Yorkshire’s Future Park has won the Best Futura Mega
Project award at MIPIM (Le marché international des
professionnels de l’immobilier), the world’s leading
property market, held annually in Cannes, France.
Leeds-based Adept will be providing civil and
structural engineering services to Bond Bryan
Architects and developer Fallons – the companies
behind Future Park.
A planning application will be submitted later
this year for the facility, which will include a range of
farms, restaurants, factories, shops and a marketplace,
education, research facilities and events spaces. It also
aims to showcase new technologies, with a particular
focus on the environmental and agricultural sectors.
The development will be located off the A1 near
Harrogate and will be built around a lake with
structures built into the existing landscape. It has been
estimated that the scheme could support the creation
of 1,000 jobs and attract an about 3.5 million visitors
Adept Managing Director Erol Erturan said: “Future
Park is such an exciting concept, which will showcase
a whole range of innovative technologies, whilst also
benefiting the local economy.
“It’s very early days in the architectural design and
concept structural design, but it is likely that columns
and main structural beams for many of the structures
will be steel.”
Footbridge installed over A55
Working on behalf of main contractor Balfour Beatty
Mott MacDonald, Nusteel Structures has installed a
50m-long × 3m-wide cycle/footbridge across the A55/
A483 Wrexham interchange, just south of Chester.
The bridge was delivered to site from Nusteel’s Kent
fabrication facility in two sections, with both parts
already featuring an integrally welded balustrade.
The bridge sections were bolted together on site,
before the entire 51t structure was lifted into place by
a 500t-capacity crane.
This magazine provides engineers, architects, main
contractors and clients with an enormous amount of
information, technical guidance, news and case studies
every month. It also showcases structural steelwork
and shows the industry the range of benefits that
designing and building in steel can bring.
Steel’s high strength-to weight ratio delivers the
most efficient designs and allows for the design of
longer, flexible internal column-free spaces. It also
delivers spectacular buildings and structures with
ease. Steel buildings are highly adaptable and flexible,
offering future-proofed design solutions.
Steel is the most cost-effective framing material for
buildings and structures of all types. Cost savings in
steel buildings start at the foundations, where the loads
imposed by a steel frame are up to 50% less than those
of a concrete alternative. AECOM’s most recent cost
study shows that on a typical city centre office building,
the frame and upper floors cost of the cellular steel
composite beam and slab option was 7% lower than
the concrete alternative.
Steel construction is also fast. It gives the earliest
start on-site and earliest possible pay back on
investment, with time related savings amounting
to between 3% and 5% of the overall project value.
Accurate offsite fabrication eliminates time-wasting,
quality issues and reworking on-site, making way
for other critical path operations. And just-in-time
deliveries are sequenced with the overall construction
Quality assurance runs throughout the steel
construction supply chain, delivering high-quality
finished buildings. Steel sections are tested, certified,
and CE Marked before delivery, and fabrication
processes are quality assured and fully CE Marked.
3D BIM models combined with automatic fabrication
systems then deliver precision-engineered components
to tight tolerances.
More is understood about the behaviour of steel
in fire than any other construction material, and it is
well known that steel performs well in fire. Advanced
design and analysis techniques avoid over-specification
of fire protection requirements.
Steel is the world’s most recycled material and 99%
of structural steel used in the UK is either re-used or
recycled. In fact, steel is multicycled, meaning that it
can be used again and again without any loss of quality.
In addition, studies show that almost all steel-framed
buildings can provide optimal thermal mass.
And then there are the individual project-by-project
benefits that using a BCSA steelwork contractor brings
to clients and main contractors. BCSA members are
pre-assessed across many different aspects which
means that clients and contractors can be assured they
have the specialist experience and qualifications for
BCSA President & Sales Director Cleveland Bridge
French property expo
Health and safety award for steel contractor
The Darlington-based Cleveland Bridge has achieved
a Gold award in the internationally-renowned RoSPA
Health and Safety Awards, said to be the longestrunning
industry awards scheme in the UK.
The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries
from organisations around the world, recognises
achievement in health and safety management
systems, including practices such as leadership and
Cleveland Bridge said it has made considerable
investment in developing its behavioural safety ethos,
which underpins its programme of training, coaching,
information and supervision.
Head of Safety and Health at Cleveland Bridge
Susan Debnam said: “This award is in recognition of
all the hard work we have put in on a daily basis to
embed safety in all we do.
“It is the most critical element of any job and this
Gold Award is testament to the level of dedication and
teamwork we have.”
RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events
Julia Small said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the
key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new
sponsors and new awards.
“Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants
every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the
wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”
Cleveland Bridge’s award will be presented at a
ceremony at the ExCeL Centre in London on 18 June.