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NEWS SCI launches best practice guide AROUND THE PRESS NCE Plus Cracks in concrete to tackle Part L changes 11 January 2007 mega-bridge Urgent structural repairs are being carried out to the 7.8km- Changes to Part L of the Building practice guide on the specification between the long Oresund Bridge linking Sweden and Denmark after Regulations in England and Wales and installation of building enve- members of cracks were discovered in have resulted in deeper cladding lopes and the supporting secondary the project concrete at 50 different loca- systems, a need for improved air steelwork. team,” says tions late last year. Cracking tightness and hence an improved Many of the leading players in Dr Martin and scaling was found in the quality of design and construction. the industry are already producing Heywood, bridge’s twin reinforced con- crete trough girders during To answer the question, ‘What metal-clad buildings that exceed the Manager routine inspection, said Bjorn are these regulatory changes doing requirements of the latest building C o n - Svensen, Project Manager for to our structures?’ the SCI has car- regulations. The SCI said it is aware struction bridge owner and operator ried out a research project into the of instances where problems have Technology at SCI. Oresundsbro Konsortiet. impact of the Part L changes on the been encountered due to poor prac- “This is particularly relevant in the Contract Journal structural performance of buildings. tices in the design office or on site. light of recent regulatory changes,” 10 January 2007 Following this research, SCI in “The reasons for these problems he adds. Steel still more cost effective association with the DTI, Corus, are varied, but a common theme is The SCI Best Practice for the Derek Tordoff said: “A modern MCRMA (The Metal Cladding and the lack of appreciation of the mu- Specification & Installation of Metal office building in most UK cit- Roofing Manufacturers Association) tual dependence between the vari- Cladding & Secondary Steelwork is ies has clear span floors of 15m to 18m. Every cost study, and EPIC (Engineered Panels in Con- ous components and, consequently, available from SCI, contact Clare and more importantly real struction) has now published a best the need for greater cooperation Convy Tel: 01344 636549. projects, show that the cost of such desirable layouts in steel is virtually the same as a short Quick answers from fixing selector span layout. Why would a cli- ent want internal columns if, for the same cost, he can have Lindapter has launched a second needed, selection of type of steel, of a 2D drawing, with the source total flexibility.” generation of its on-line steelwork type of connection and finally the data and fixing materials detailed fixings design software, adding beam sizes. alongside. Building more beam sizes and improving the The tool is now able to present The drawing is automatically 12 January 2007 Taking the stage user interface. the correct fixings for most emailed to the user and kept on Big steel columns form the Known as Steelwork Fixings common applications within a file at Lindapter to help with any sculptural bones of the half- Designer, Lindapter’s software couple of minutes. queries which may arise. The built facade, which defines uses images and pop-out menus Lindapter’s fixing solution, system will also generate a quote the £50M Leicester Performing to take users rapidly through the which requires no welding or on- by clicking on a button above the Arts Centre which is a gentle, sweeping curve. These col- selection process. Three steps are site drilling, is displayed in the form drawing. umns are suspended from a levering dramatically from in- Hospital extension gets fast track- massive roof structure canti side the structure. construction with Metsec framing The Structural Engineer 9 January 2007 Re-opening Wembley Arena A new £26M extension at the Ipswich department, critical care centre, day close in the structural columns of hot The new east end terrace was Hospital NHS Trust has used 3,000m2 surgery suite and operating theatres rolled steel to form a straight wall on formed from lightweight steel, of Metsec SFS site fixed, light gauge, and beds. the 7,500m2 three-storey building. being either 5mm or 6mm folded plate supported on steel raker galvanised steel framing as infill SFS was specified to provide a fast The hospital extension is due to beams to columns. This had walling. dry envelope to the treatment centre. be complete by December and open benefits of weight depth and Derek Adams, Project Manager Mostly 200mm sections were used to in early 2008. speed of construction com- for principal contractor, Kier Eastern pared to concrete, and partly said: “SFS provides a much quicker replicated the existing terrace construction. turn around of construction and it allows follow on trades to start work New Civil Engineer on the first fix items earlier in the 11 January 2007 programme. Complex hangar structure “But the biggest advantage is that The 135m long angular steel hangar is to become part of while internal works are proceeding, the RAF Museum and will the outer skin of the brickwork can house the National Cold War continue independently without Exhibition. To cope with load- delaying them,” added Mr Adams. ing variations, wall thickness of The extension, known as the the circular hollow steel sec- tion tubes making up the truss Garrett Anderson Centre, is the rafters varies from 6.3mm to largest development at the hospital 25mm. in 30 years and will provide a new accident and emergency 8 NSC February 2007


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