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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

The system has been constructed to ensure it

remains secure against tipping or movement

and a range of guardrails are being attached

to the main beam for additional protection.

Helping to make the building more eye-

catching – and providing solid foundations

for four storeys – are the curved walls at

either side of the facility. Curved surfaces

present a challenge for formwork – panels

must be both thick enough to support the

concrete load but thin enough to deliver

the required curvature. A combination of

Trio and Rundflex solutions is being used

to construct a curved wall for the entrance

to the facility. The closed panel profiles of

the Trio system are providing high torsional

strength ability to support concrete pours,

while six different thickness variants for the

panels are delivering the right curve. Using

just one single part for panel connection,

Trio is providing fast and efficient formwork,

and enabling contractors to remain on track

for completion.

Above: The completed Institute will be

comprised of two buildings connected by a

large atrium and roof light.

Left: Skydeck aluminium panelised slab

formwork.

Jon Harwood, contracts manager at main

contractor JB Developments, says,“This

project poses a number of challenges. Not

only must we deliver consistent architectural

patterns for the sides of the building but also

we have to adapt our methods in order to

create the curved structures required for the

front and back, creating a stable and secure

building that also represents the original

architectural design.

“The formwork equipment and support

solutions are both adaptive and flexible and

we have managed to effortlessly turn the

whole system around in some areas, to meet

small changes in the structure of the building.

The project is already starting to take shape

and we are on course to complete this

impressive building for 2018.”