Exeter Police Station, Middlemoor

voestalpine Metsec’s SFS steel framing system has helped to create a seamless finish to the façade of a new state-of-the-art custody centre and strategic policing hub for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

The new three-storey building provides office and meeting space at the constabulary’s existing headquarters at Middlemoor, Exeter and is part of a £29 million development which also includes a forty-cell custody centre.

Designed by architects Corstorphine + Wright, the project has been delivered by main contractors, Willmott Dixon and will provide working accommodation for 450 officers.

The main office building’s structure is made up of a concrete frame, finished to the outside with a glazing and seamless insulated render façade, constructed from Metsec’s continuous light gauge steel framing system, SFS.

A key requirement in Corstorphine + Wright’s design brief was the desire to avoid unsightly horizontal movement joints in the finished façade, which would have been the result had a traditional SFS Infill to concrete frame approach been taken for the structure.

Working closely with Willmott Dixon at the early design stages of the contract, voestalpine Metsec’s in-house design team proposed a continuous walling solution formed from SFS to support glazing and rendered elements that would form the external skin of the façade.

The solution not only assured the aesthetic results envisaged by the architects but also delivered time savings during construction as it obviated the need to accommodate joints when insulation and rendering were applied.

Lee Woodman, director at voestalpine Metsec-approved installers, Woodman Brothers, explains, “We were on a fairly tight schedule to complete the continuous walling and enable follow-on trades to start their work. SFS allowed us to erect the framework for the external panels quickly and easily. Using cement board onto the SFS with a mineral wall board over to accept the final finishes meant that the rendering team could start work almost immediately.”

voestalpine Metsec’s solution included the use of fixing cleats to connect the SFS continuous walling to the structure’s concrete frame. This method ensures that any movement created within the structure’s concrete frame during use would not be transferred to the continuous walling, thereby maintaining the integrity of the external façade.

voestalpine Metsec’s design also featured a laced double parapet at roof level to remove the need for additional hot-rolled steel and wind posts.

Willmott Dixon’s Supply Chain Manager comments, “voestalpine Metsec has been one of our supply chain partners for more than ten years, so we have established a good working relationship and understand their designs, solutions and products.

“The Exeter Police Station project is a great example of the benefits that early consultation can deliver. Working together on the design brief enabled us to provide a solution which ticks all the boxes: It meets Corstorphine + Wright’s and the client’s requirements. Everyone was happy with the end product.”

voestalpine Metsec also provided a full 3D design for the project to BIM Level 2 standards, enabling the client to incorporate the SFS model, details and drawings into the building’s facilities management plan.

Learn more about Metsec’s SFS Framing systems

Drax Power Station

Metsec Cable Management Powers On

The compliant provision of power and services to one of the UK’s most important power stations has been made possible with the support of Metsec Cable Management. Its BES 6001 accreditation was a vital criterion in the specification of its cable ladder, tray and trunking products at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.

The project at Drax Power Station required the onsite availability of a large volume of cable management products very quickly. The work to construct a biomass storage and handling facility, by Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), is part of the plant’s transformation into a predominantly biomass fuelled generator.

Because all Metsec’s products are manufactured and held in stock at high volumes at its Midlands plant, a full range of cable ladder, cable tray and cable trunking systems and accessories is available on very fast turn-around times where projects demand just in time deliveries.

Metsec is one of only a handful of cable management suppliers with BES 6001 accreditation. This makes its products an attractive proposition for M&E consultants, specialist contractors, main contractors and their end clients when it comes to responsible procurement.

BES 6001 covers the responsible sourcing of construction products and suppliers must provide evidence of a holistic approach to the mining of raw materials, right through their manufacturing and processing phases. Such an accreditation is an important benefit for end clients and main contractors, whose focus is on driving environmental, social and corporate responsibility at the same time as upholding best practice.

Jon Hillier, Sales Director of Metsec Cable Management comments: “The fast availability of our products was very important on this project and we were able to respond because we always ensure there is a robust stockholding that is ready to service large orders. So too was the BES 6001 accreditation that we carry. It provides a proof point that customers are buying a high quality, audited product and this in turn offers reassurance that our product quality supports the duty of care responsibilities main contractors and end clients have for health and safety on their sites.”

Metsec Cable Management provides customers with a full range of technical support services and this is based on the strength of the larger Metsec group. It means that there is a broad scope of expertise to rely on, drawn from a cross-section of industry experts.

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