Client: Inverness Royal Academy
BHC Ltd. were contracted by Morrison Construction for the provision of two steel framed sports halls at the Inverness Royal Academy.
Two games halls housed within a 50 m long steel framed braces structure provide the new indoor sporting facilities for the new Inverness Royal Academy. The steel structure houses changing rooms, a dance studio and a gymnasium.
Structural steelwork was chosen for this project as it is the most economical way of forming the halls’ 19 m long spans. Separating each hall is a 2 m wide zone that is used to accommodate storage areas and a plant zone. Either side of this area and around the perimeter of each hall are columns used to support the two rows of roof rafters, each spaced at 3.5 m centres.
The sports halls adjoin the main concrete teaching block, allowing direct access between the two, however the steel framed sports buildings remain an independent structure as there is an 18 mm cavity between the two structures columns which are concealed by the cladding.
The section of the hall that is closest to the teaching block accommodates a mezzanine level.
The steel erection programme started later than the main concrete works as it is a quicker material to erect. To allow the main teaching block to be completed without disruption, BHC Ltd. began erecting the steel frame from the furthest point and worked towards the school building. Prior to the steelwork being erected, the main contractor had cast the sports halls’ concrete slab allowing BHC Ltd. to erect the frame from inside the footprint of the building with the MEWPs working off of a smooth and even surface.