Client: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
BHC Ltd. worked in-conjunction with Morgan Sindall to construct the new Eastwood Health Centre in Clarkston, Glasgow.
The new health centre houses five GP practices and community health and care services including: clinics; adult mental health services; children’s services; district nursing; health visiting; physiotherapy; podiatry; social work; and speech therapy.
BHC supplied and erected hot rolled steelwork and cold formed purlins for the project. The structural steelwork for the new centre was erected using BHC’s own in-house steel erection squads, metal decking squads, mobile cranes and mobile elevated working platforms.
Structural Steelwork Design Features
For this project, BHC followed an irregular structural grid pattern due to the various sized surgeries, offices and waiting rooms. The structural grid loosely followed a 7.5 m x 10 m pattern in the basement car park and then changed to 7 m x 6 m for the surgeries and offices. A number of transfer structures are located above the car park to accommodate the larger open plan courtyards.
Vibration was an important design consideration due to the intended nature of the building, meaning that the framework had to meet the strict vibration standards required for healthcare buildings. The compliance of the steel floor plate was demonstrated using the methodology to calculate vibration response given in SCI’s guide p354.
When BHC began erecting the structural steelwork, work on the basement had already commenced, therefore BHC had to phase their work around the groundworks.
As BHC began erecting the steelwork, the available onsite space decreased, meaning only one mobile crane could be operated onsite. A 25 tonne capacity mobile crane was used early in the steel erecting programme, however, this was upgraded to an 80 tonne crane when a longer reach and capacity was required.
BHC were also responsible for the installation of the steel framed lift cores, precast stairs and metal decking.