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Trusses span major road to support new office block

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A series of 16 large trusses have been installed across the A38 Queensway dual carriageway tunnel to support the construction of a new 14-storey steel-framed commercial development in Birmingham.

Approximately 1,900t of structural steelwork has been used to fabricate the trusses, which are up to 34.6m long and weigh up 130t.

Fabricated at BHC’s Lanarkshire facility, the trusses were transported to site as complete sections, measuring up to 6m-wide.

Once on site, a 1,200t-capacity mobile crane, one of the largest in the UK, erected each of the trusses.

Steel erection of the main building, known as One Centenary Way, will begin in February.

Designed by Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects for client Argent, the building will incorporate three-metre wide horizontal windows, encased within an exposed structural steel façade.

The innovative, structural-led design is said to be a response to the complex site location as it will overlook the transformed Centenary Square. The unique, exposed steel exoskeleton frame will provide a striking visual gateway to the area and become a major new landmark for Birmingham.

The building will offer large office floorplates of up to 2,090m2 as well as retail space at ground floor level.

Working on behalf of main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, BHC will eventually erect 6,900t of structural steelwork for the entire scheme.

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