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NEWS Steel HQ in Felixtowe forChina Shipping McLaren Technology Centre Lincolnshire based steelwork contractor DA Green is supplying 180t of hot and cold rolled steel for the construction of a new headquarters for China Shipping (UK) and Johnson Stevens Agencies in Felixstowe. The steel-framed four-storey building was designed by Colwyn Foulkes & Partners and is being built by Jackson Construction. Ian Burchnall, Contract Manager for DA Green said the company is supplying an array of different sized columns and beams for the project’s superstructure and roof. The structure’s facade will feature a large area of curtain walling with distinctive timber solar shading panels and copper cladding. Gatwick Air Bridge As the building is located in Felixstowe port, overlooking the North Sea, the design also incorporates extensive flood defence measures. Completion of the project is scheduled for November 2006. Sustainability in action Steel’s sustainability has been dem- all the steelwork and because it had onstrated on a recent collaboration been stored and taken down with between Caunton Engineering and care we said it wouldn’t be difficult Honda Manufacturing. to re-erect it.” At Honda’s main UK site in Swin- However, with changes in the don, a steel-framed warehouse was interim to various aspects of the dismantled, stored for one year and building codes, and the prescribed then re-assembled on a new site. change of use for the structure, the “All of the original main frame original cladding couldn’t be utilised. National Assembly for Wales hot-rolled structural steelwork was But sustainability again came to re-used, even the existing column the fore, as the cladding was des- base plates,” Tony Goodman, Caun- patched to Caunton’s works near ton’s Contracts Manager said. Nottingham and used as an internal “We thought the cold rolled items cladding system. may have been damaged, but they “The project has been a good ex- were even re-useable,” he added. ample of sustainability in action,” Mr Honda originally used the 20m Goodman said. “Steel is like Mec- x 40m building as a storage ware- cano it can be easily dismantled and house, however during some facil- turned into something else and we ity realignment the structure was expect more projects like this in the un-bolted, taken down carefully and future.” stored. The re-assembled structure is “When Honda decided to re-as- now on the main route into the Hon- semble the structure on a nearby da site and is the designated Central Heathrow Control Tower site they contacted us for advice,” Receiving Area for all incoming com- Mr Goodman said. “We inspected ponents. NSC July/August 2006 7


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