Steel milestone reached at Rochdale town centre
Structural Metal Decks (SMD) has developed a new
mobile phone app for architects, designers and engineers.
Called SMD Elements® Span Check, the free-to-download
app is a calculation tool enabling users run simple span
checks on its range of floor deck profiles.
Said to be easy-to-use, the company believes this
app to be the only one of its kind on the market. It
helps users to understand the options available for each
product and what can be achieved with different types of
Downloadable for Android and Apple devices, the
app has been designed by SMD’s Marketing and Brand
Manager Pete Watkins and created by Bournemouth
digital agency Adido.
The app benefits from a simple menu along the
bottom of the screen allowing users to navigate through
the app easily and quickly.
Mr Watkins said: “The idea to create a multi-feature
application for internal company and external client
use is very much part of SMD’s ongoing development
programme as we strive to offer the best possible service.
“It complements our long-established and well-used
SMD Elements® Design software which is downloadable
from the SMD website for Windows desktop use which
enables more in-depth calculations.
As well as the main ‘Span Check’ tool for determining
maximum deck spans, the new app features written
technical help, a form for submitting queries, links to
downloadable PDFs, website literature and FAQs.
The app is downloadable now from any app store.
Rochdale’s Riverside development has reached a
significant milestone as the steel frame for the project’s
centerpiece cinema block has been completed.
Representatives from Rochdale Borough Council and
contractor, Willmott Dixon, gathered on-site to mark the
completion of the steel frame for the 6-screen cinema
According to Willmott Dixon, rapid progress has been
made over the last few months, with major jobs like
preparing the site foundations now complete. Willmott
Dixon has also been busy diverting services, while
Hambleton Steel has been erecting the steel.
The completion of the steelwork is another big step
forward for the project, which was given a major boost
earlier this month when high street giant Marks and
Spencer re-affirmed its commitment to the scheme after
announcing it wanted to pull out in December last year.
Next, Boots, JD Sports and River Island will also be
part of the scheme, which is expected to open to the
public in summer 2020.
Councilor Allen Brett said: “There’s been a lot going on
at the Rochdale Riverside site and I’m pleased to see
they’re making really good progress and are well on
schedule. Now we can see huge structures going up, the
excitement is really building.
“This development will change the face of Rochdale by
creating a first-class retail and leisure experience, which
will bring major high street names and create a fantastic
early evening offer to complement the many new bars and
restaurants which have recently opened in the town
Metal decking app launched by SMD
Work starts on Chorley retail and leisure scheme
Eric Wright Group is set to start work on a £12M
development to extend the Market Walk shopping centre
in Chorley, Lancashire.
The eight-unit development will see a number of steelframed
units including an M&S Foodhall, six-screen Reel
Cinema, restaurants and other new businesses come to
the growing market town.
John Wilson of Eric Wright Construction, said: “As a
local contractor we are extremely proud to be delivering
this scheme with Chorley Council and look forward to
getting the main build under way.
“It offers a modern two-storey extension to the existing
shopping centre which will become a major feature within
“The scheme complements a lot of other work taking
place to improve the appearance of Chorley town centre,
such as the Primrose Gardens retirement village we are
also constructing on Fleet Street.
“Chorley Council is working hard to provide a long-term
future for the town and we are pleased to be a part of it.”
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