Interserve awarded BHC the Structural Steelwork sub-contract for the new £55 million University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness Hub. The state-of-the-art facility includes Birmingham’s first 50m Swimming Pool, a large multi-sports arena, six glass-backed squash courts, a 10m climbing wall and five activity studios.
BHC was responsible for the supply, fabrication, surface treatment and erection of all primary and secondary steelwork which would form the 13,200m2 sports facility. Over 1,017 tonnes of hot-rolled steelwork was fabricated, equating to the erection of over 2495 pieces of steelwork. As part of the contract, BHC provided various surface treatments to the steelwork including shot-blasting to Swedish SA 2.5 followed by one shop coat of High Build Epoxy Phosphate primer. Steelwork used within the 50m swimming pool received a coating of Epoxy M.O.I to a thickness of 100 microns.
The primary frame for the Central Sports Block is arranged on a 6m east-west grid with pre-cast concrete planks spanning the typically longer north-south grids. Several areas within the building required column-free space including the activity room, dojo and free-weight gymnasium. Cellular beams have been adopted to support floors and roofs over the column-free space. For the main Sports Hall and Hybrid Hall, long span construction was necessary to achieve column-free spaces with the primary roof structure spanning approximately 38m over the hall. Steel lattice trusses approximately 2.5m deep were fabricated to span the distance.
All labour on site was directly employed by BHC ltd and where available, we were able to use our plant, cranage and transport, allowing maximum efficiency and management of the project.