LSFA Insight - Issue One Feb/Mar 22

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OFFSITE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST USE OF STEEL TECHNOLOGY Located in Selly Oak, Birmingham – 504 Bristol designed by MAS Architecture is a new build mixed-use scheme involving commercial units on the ground floor and prestigious student accommodation set across four floors above, topped by a largely glazed and setback fifth floor. Only a stone’s throw from the University of Birmingham, the student accommodation comprises 70 self-contained luxury studios with various communal spaces. The challenge for MAS Architecture was to provide a building of architectural merit that was equal to the Victorian building which occupied the site. Designed with references to the shipbuilding industry made 504 Bristol unique but challenging to construct. The highly restricted access and time constraints meant the best construction solution would be hot rolled steel frame on the ground floor supporting a Comflor Transfer Deck to take four floors of cold rolled structural loadbearing steel above. A lightweight steel solution by Hadley Steel Framing was ideal for this project. As a manufacturer they wanted to demonstrate that the conical form could be delivered utilising their light steel frame system. As steel is such a versatile construction material, MAS Architecture were able achieve the innovative design as well as creating a structure that is both durable and safe. A highly cost-effective digital approach produced steel framing systems that could be ‘virtually tested’ and rapidly produced, reducing design and manufacturing time whilst simultaneously ensuring outstanding quality and accuracy. Costs were easier to predict, as design specifications were met thereby reducing the cost of snagging and remedial works. Offsite prefabrication meant the frames were delivered when necessary. This quick turnaround meant costs such as plant hire and site management were vastly reduced and the project was delivered well ahead of schedule. The client and contractor were provided with a watertight building within three weeks, which allowed them to commence internal building work and the installation of the cladding system simultaneously.



PROJECT TEAM Client: Avaro Midlands Architects: MAS Architecture Building Contractors: Hive Developments Structural Engineers: Howard Ward Associates Consulting Engineers: PRP M&E Engineers: SVM Building Services Chartered Surveyors: Edward Cooper Young Building Compliance: Salus Approved Inspectors