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College relocation takes on door handle design

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Structural steelwork is playing an integral role in North Liverpool Academy’s relocation to a new site on the edge of Everton Park. Currently under construction the new campus will house laboratories, workshops, recording studios, a theatre and teaching rooms equipped with the latest information and communication technology.

The project architect, Atkins Design Solutions, describe the development as two parallel rectilinear blocks expressed externally as a “tube” that wraps over the building. This tube section has the appearance of a classic Jaguar car door handle.

The steelwork erection is being undertaken by Billington Structures and the central ‘handle’ consists of 350t of highly complex steelwork, comprising bowstring trusses which support the main floor levels above which are curved multi-radius roof members forming the central profile.

The ends of the handle also have curved tubular purlins and sheeting rails to form the final external shape. During detailing and manufacture, particular care was taken with the connections to achieve the clean crisp appearance of the steelwork required by the architect.

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