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Major residential scheme takes shape on Merseyside

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Working on behalf of main contractor ISG, Walter Watson has completed the erection of 1,200t of steelwork for a residential scheme in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

Located on Blundell Street, the 200-unit, nine-storey steel-framed apartment block includes two levels of basement car parking, with the uppermost of these floors also accommodating an entrance lobby, residents’ lounge and a gym.

Stability for the steel frame is provided by a combination of traditional flat bar cross bracing in the lower floors and moment frames for the two upper levels.

This hybrid design was chosen in order to assist ISG in ensuring that materials needed by the follow-on trades could be easily transported within the upper floors, while maintaining full stability to the structure during the construction stage.

By avoiding moment frames on the lower levels, column sizes were slightly reduced which kept the steelwork tonnage as economical as possible.

The project is due to complete in summer 2020.

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