Client: University of Glasgow
BHC Ltd. completed a project for BAM UK to construct the University of Glasgow’s new research facility; known as the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE). The ICE houses state-of-the-art technology to enable scientists to conduct new clinical research using a variety of imaging technologies including a £7 million Tesla MRI Scanner.
BHC Ltd. was challenged with working within a very tight and restricted site. The ICE centre is immediately adjacent to the south-east corner of the Neurological Building, with proximity to another existing structure to the north located approximately 10 m away and a road bound to the south of the building approximately 4 m away from the specified site.
The structural steel frame construction was used with columns positioned to optimise opportunities for future reconfiguration of the internal accommodation with clear spans varying to suit the architectural layout.
The steel framed structure fabricated and erected by BHS consisted of primary and secondary beams acting compositely with 140 mm thick concrete/metal deck slabs. The metal decking slabs span between the secondary beams.
The four-storey structure with rooftop plant room features internal steel with long durable maintenance-free protection. With the exposed and accessible steelwork will be protected to achieve life to first maintenance of 15 years.
All steelwork required an intumescent paint finish compatible with corrosion protection or boarding applied to columns, beams and bracing to provide the specified fire resistance period necessary.
The overall stability of the building is provided by stiff vertical braced bays. These bays have been strategically placed in stair/lift cores, internal partitions and where possible external walls behind areas of solid cladding.