New Steel Construction Technical
Digest now available online
An £85M steel-framed extension to Eastbourne’s
existing Arndale shopping mall, currently under
construction, will provide 22 new retail units, seven
restaurants and an eight-screen cinema.
Once complete, the new enlarged centre will be
renamed The Beacon, a name that is said to conjure
up images of the town’s coastal history and the
nearby Beachy Head Lighthouse.
Andrew Rice, Fund Manager for the centre
owners Legal & General said it is never easy to find
a new name for a shopping centre with a 38-year
“After discussions and explorations, including
meetings with key opinion formers in Eastbourne,
we agreed unanimously that The Beacon was a great
Working on behalf of main contractor Kier,
Caunton Engineering is fabricating, supplying and
erecting 2,000t of steelwork for the scheme.
The 16,200m2 extension is partially divided in
two by a covered L-shaped pedestrianised street.
Officially described as an outdoor space, the street
will however offer some weather protection as it will
be topped with a glazed undulating roof supported
by the main steel frame.
Cutting across the site, approximately at the point
where the L-shaped street cranks, a movement joint
splits the steel frame into two separate parts via a
row of double columns.
Also, included in the steel package, Caunton is
erecting two new steel floors to the mall’s existing
six-storey concrete-framed car park.
New Steel Construction’s (NSC) second
Technical Digest, which brings together
a year’s worth of technical guidance,
is now available for download at:
Helping to keep engineers and
architects up-to-date with steel
construction related guidance, NSC’s
Digest compiles all the magazine’s
Technical Articles and Advisory
Desk Notes from 2017, which can be
downloaded as a pdf or viewed online.
Advisory Desk Notes reflect recent
developments in technical standards or
new knowledge that designers need to be
made aware of. Some of them arise because
a question is being frequently asked of
the steel sector’s technical advisers. They
have always been recognised as essential
reading for all involved in the design of
The longer Technical Articles cover
more detailed insights into what designers
need to know, often the result of legislative
changes or changes to codes and
Sometimes it is simply felt that it would
be helpful if a lot of relatively minor
changes, perhaps made over a period
of time, were brought together in one
place, so a technical update is needed.
Some of the Technical Article
highlights in the Digest include an
article by the Steel Construction
Institute (SCI) introducing a new
design tool available on www.
Henderson of the SCI discusses
steel construction with trusses,
and an article discussing the
design of hybrid fabricated
Seaside town to get shopping beacon
Passenger flights are due to commence
from Carlisle Lake District Airport on
4 June, the facility’s owners, the Stobart
Group, has confirmed.
For the first time since 1993, the airport
will offer business passenger flights to
London, Belfast and Dublin.
A new steel-framed two-storey terminal
building has been erected by Border
Steelwork Structures and is expected to be
completed, along with runway works, by
Kate Willard, Head of Corporate Projects
at Stobart Group, said: “We look forward
to working with partners in the visitor
economy over these next months to help
develop packages and promotions to make
sure that our air services match the needs
of our visitors.”
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
(LEP) has put almost £5M into a project
to improve the runway and terminal.
The organisation’s Executive Director,
Graham Haywood, said: “Carlisle Lake
District Airport will have a huge impact
on Cumbria’s visitor economy and is also a
key strategic business asset for the county.
Increasing the numbers of high-spending
international visitors is a key target.
“Improving key transport infrastructure
facilities like the airport helps boost
economic growth and can act as a catalyst
for creating new business hubs and
attracting private sector investment.”
Carlisle airport set for