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Architectural HQ opts for steel framing

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Architect BDP’s new Manchester head office has been completed with the aid of Metsec’s site fixed framing system (SFS).

The striking six storey building, part of the city’s £250M Piccadilly Basin regeneration scheme, is viewed as a flagship HQ and will house 275 BDP staff.

Metsec worked with contractor CPL to design and build an outward leaning external wall, a key feature of the canal side building.

A quantity of 150mm wide studs were supplied by Metsec. These

were attached at an angle to the main concrete slab frame with a series of slotted cleats, to form the external sloping facade. To form the inner skin a number of 100mm studs were supplied.

Sustainability was a key requirement for the building, which is the first naturally ventilated office building in Manchester to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

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