The structural design was in accordance with all relevant Eurocode design codes along with the Steel Construction Institute publication P354: Design of Floors for Vibration: A New Approach, due to the vibration sensitivity of the feature stairs.
The PCE highly skilled and multi-disciplinary Design Team used a range of digital design and control software including SCIA Engineer (Finite Element Analysis), TEDDS (Structural Analysis), BIMSight (for viewing 3D models), SMART Footfall Analysis (vibration assessment), and Hilti PROFIS (anchor and fixing design), Revit and AutoCAD (for 3D modelling and component detailing).
All drawings and technical information being managed and issued via the PCE custom developed Asite cloud-based collaboration solution for information management.
PCE Design Engineer Alex Bryson commented
“This high-quality project required a high-quality design approach which we, as the structural design and detailing team, achieved. The project had some interesting structural complexities including 22tonne cantilevered precast concrete wall units, the very long span atrium staircase, long span flooring and roof solutions to cater for the large open areas and an area of the building used for sound equipment requiring significant vibration control measures. Complex design challenges which the PCE design and detailing team overcame by our combined determination to develop leading edge design solutions”.