Model showing the
layout and numerous
behind the steel erectors once parts of the
frame had reached full height,” says McLaren
Construction Project Manager Richard Gray.
The cinema block part of the frame also
contains the largest and heaviest single steel
element - a 25m-long × 4.5m-deep truss
The truss sits within level five of the
cinema block, directly on top of the largest
IMAX screen. It will form the column-free
sky bar, which will sit within its depth.
The new cinema will incorporate stateof
the-art audio and visual technology with
screens ranging in size from an 80-seater up
to a giant 450-seat IMAX auditoria.
There are very strict isolation criteria
for the cinema block to adhere to in order
to prevent noise transfer between auditoria
and also from circulation spaces. The steel
frame to each auditorium is a completely
independent frame isolated on acoustic
bearings within the steelwork connections.
There are also isolation joints incorporated
into the composite slabs to further prevent
Summing up, Plymouth City Council says:
“We’ve all been watching with huge interest
the progress of this scheme right here in the
heart of Plymouth. It’s going to transform
this part of the city centre, create a modern
and welcoming approach, as well as a great
destination for people to watch a film, eat and
enjoy everything Plymouth has to offer.
“The scheme will create 350 permanent
jobs and will be a great benefit to the city’s
Steelwork progesses on
The scheme will be a
landmark addition to
the Drake Circus area