Extra Care Housing | Poundbury

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Atkin Trade Specialists have built a load-bearing Metframe light gauge steel frame structure for the new Extra Care facilities at Poundbury in Dorset, for Yarlington Housing Group working with the Duchy of Cornwall.

All detailing was done by Metsec using BIM compliant 3D modelling software allowing integration of the structural & architectural details. This proved critical in resolving the complex roof set-out. All Metsec cold-rolled steel was manufactured from this model allowing all sections to be supplied to Atkin Trade Specialists cut to length and with all holes pre-punched.

The Metframe is pre-panelised into wall panels with rigid insulation off site then delivered in the sequence required. Floors are composite concrete. Steel stairs and Metframe lift-shafts are all included. Hot-rolled steel has been integrated where required such as for the ground storey colonnade. The roof is a mansard configuration with a cranked eaves detail using both hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel. Hot-rolled rafters with cold-rolled steel purlins form two large pyramids at roof level.

Atkin Trade worked closely with Main Contractor Galliford Try to develop the sequence of build to suit a tight site. The Metframe was constructed in three phases with a total installation programme of 30 weeks.

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strong>Client | Yarlington Housing Group
Contractor | Galliford Try
Architects | NOMA Architects
ATS Value | £1.2million



Metframe is voestalpine Metsec’s modern, factory fabricated, pre-panelised framing solution. Manufactured off-site in a controlled, dry, high precision factory environment and installed by Atkin Trade Specialists.

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