Around the Press: June 2012
17 May 2012
Partnership delivers on lean construction
[Kettering Hospital] – The design team settled on a structural steel frame coupled with composite reinforced concrete and steel floor decks. It was the close proximity of the existing building and the busy surrounds to the hospital which proved pivotal in the choice of framing material. “We just weren’t happy about the likelihood of hundreds of concrete wagons delivering material to site every day,” says Interserve senior project manager Ranjit Lall.
3 May 2012
A moment’s success
[Regent’s Place] – “Since the office block was aimed at attracting multiple corporate tenants, long clear spans were required, so we went for a steel-framed solution with composite floors,” says Halcrow Yolles project director Jason Guneratne.
[Kent History & Library Centre] – With no need for fire rating on a single-storey structure, the exposed steel columns and ceiling soffits did not require an intumescent coating, giving the space an airy and light feel.
20 April 2012
From London to Rio
UK design companies are negotiating with the team in Rio about selling their temporary (steel-framed) water polo and basketball stadiums.
New Civil Engineer
26 April 2012
Building the plasma cage
[Cadarache nuclear fusion reactor] – This vast 257m long, 49m wide, 17m tall steel-framed building cost £33M to build. That, and the excavation of the Tokamak complex, brought together a workforce of 275 people.