Metsec used building information modelling (BIM) to develop cold rolled steel framing at one Smithfield Square, located in the heart of the former Smithfield market in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. BIM helped to omit 25 per cent of the amount of steel used in the building and thus reduce overall construction costs.

This latest phase at One Smithfield Square, worth £10.75m and constructed by Galliford Try, consists of 77 private residences, retail space and underground parking, covering a total of nearly 3,490 m2.

The box style architecture of the interconnected four- and nine-storey Smithfield buildings required a specialist structural design. The façades feature cantilevered square and rectangular elements, with all-round balconies providing an irregular façade on all sides.

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