News in Brief – October 2015
The Met Office has announced plans to build a £20M home for the final part of its new supercomputer, which will help with more accurate weather predictions. Located at Exeter Science Park, the computer will be housed in a steel-framed structure designed by architects Stride Treglown along with structural engineer WSP. Willmott Dixon has been appointed as the project’s main contractor while the appointment of a steelwork contractor is imminent.
The first phase of the ambitious Inverness Campus development has been officially completed with the opening of the new Inverness College. The new steel-framed building, erected by BHC, will act as a focal point for the entire Campus as it is by far the largest single structure in the development. Spread over three-storeys, the building offers more than 20,000m² of teaching and workshop space for some 6,500 students.
The Leadenhall Building (Cheesegrater) is the winner of the inaugural City of London Building of the Year award. Working with main contractor Laing O’Rourke, Severfield fabricated, supplied and erected 18,000t of structural steelwork for the project. Two of the other shortlisted projects were also steel-framed jobs, 8–10 Moorgate (Severfield) and 6 Bevis Marks (William Hare).
The new Voortman V505-160T punching and shearing machine has been designed specifically for the steel fabrication sector and is said to offer high-speed processing and less wastage. The time required to complete a full production cycle is shortened by up to 25% in comparison to equivalent punching and shearing machines according to Voortman.
Ground works are under way for two speculative steel-framed warehouses at the £400M iPort development in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. iPort is a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) which will deliver over 570,000m² of Grade A logistics warehousing. All units will be linked with a high-specification rail freight intermodal container facility providing rail freight services with continental gauge clearance to all major UK ports and the Channel Tunnel.