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Trusses work for temple roof

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Some complex 3D modelling was used by Metsec to help its design of complicated gutter support steelwork on the dome of a new Sikh temple in Birmingham.

The company has supplied long span, pitched and tapered lightweight lattice trusses to support the hipped roof of the Baba Deep Singh Gurdwara in Handsworth and wanted to save valuable time on a difficult project.

Metsec Lattice Joist Division Sales Director Darren Bird, said: “This is an excellent example of how we can bring our technology to bear on a job, and in doing so turn a potentially complex and time consuming project into a much more straightforward one.

“And because we can be up to 50% lighter than traditional hot rolled beams, recent increases in raw material prices have had less impact on us.”

The trusses, spanning up to 15m and an 11-degree pitch, were supplied in two halves for ease of handling, and then bolted together on site.

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