Steel construction has taken a leading role in the design and building of a new school in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A £20M new school project, funded through the Northern Ireland Department of Education’s capital build programme, is taking shape in the town of Antrim.
Known as Parkhall Integrated College, it will replace the nearby existing school, which will be demolished as part of the final element of the project providing space for new sports pitches.
Construction work began last year on the greenfield site that previously accommodated the school’s playing fields. Main contractor O’Hare & McGovern undertook some groundworks prior to installing pad foundations in readiness for the steel frame to be erected.
Approximately 650t of structural steelwork is being fabricated, supplied and erected for the project by Walter
“The building on plan is a skewed H-shape, and the main challenge for us has been maintaining the ridge heights as well as marrying in the roof slopes at the various intersections,” says Walter Watson General Manager Structural Division.
Located in the Kew Green Conservation Area of London, a four bedroom house has been formed with two prefabricated weathering steel volumes behind a retained 19th Century stable wall.
The site lies directly on the street and is oblong in plan, 18m wide and 10m deep. This small size and the surrounding brick walls between it and neighbouring gardens were key constraints in the project’s development.
“Being able to construct the building from within the site and without intruding on neighbouring gardens was one of steelwork’s advantages.” says client and Price & Myers Partner Tim Lucas.
“A steel frame spanning over the large basement box also provided support for both sides of the basement walls and for the steel building envelope, with corresponding levels of accuracy and tolerance that allowed complete prefabication of all superstructure elements,” he adds.
A key feature of the building is the weathering steel façades and roof. The house is split into two gabled forms that are joined by a glass link that houses the circulation – steel stairs, a link bridge between the two sides and a plywood slide down into the basement.
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MFC Metal Frame construction supplied the light gauge steel to Powerwall construction in the UK. We manufactured it in our premises in Co Meath. We worked in conjunction with BGM Engineers who are overseeing the design of the apartments of the light gauge steel. Powerwall started the construction process in 2016 and will finish in October 2016. One off the key advantages of using MFC light gauge steel systems was the speed of offsite manufacturing and the light weight frames were easy to use around the confined space off a high street build.