Metframe was chosen as the structural solution to enable quick and efficient construction of the top three storeys of the complex, which is on the NEC campus and covers 55,000 sqm, incorporating a hotel, spa, casino, 50 retail outlets, restaurants, bars and a multi-screen IMAX cinema.
As Metframe is assembled off-site to form easy-to-erect panels, it was possible to deliver the full frame to the contractor in the required erection sequence and simply bolt together on location, providing a zero-waste solution and a low-carbon alternative to traditional concrete and steel frames.
Thomas Atkin of Atkin Trade Specialists, who installed the Metframe system, commented: “Building a multi-storey, steel structure on top of a pre-existing building is a complicated process and there were a lot of in-depth design considerations to prepare for. However, in total, the construction of all 178 units took just 16 weeks.”
Galliford Try’s design manager, Steve Milward, added: “Due to the lightweight nature of the joisted floor solution within the Metframe system, Metsec was able to deliver a frame that fitted within the strict criteria of the supporting structure below.”