The constraints of the sloping rural site, combined with the open plan architectural scheme and focus on sustainability, presented a number of challenges. We worked closely with the architect to produce an efficient structural scheme, allowing 6m high glazing panels and achieving an elegant slimline finish.
The large clear spans and cantilevering floor plates were constructed as a steel frame supported on stepped strip foundations. The steel design and detailing provided a slim tapered edge to the roof and floor plates, accentuating the glazed facades. A combination of frame portalisation and timber racking panels were utilised to provide stability.
The overall structure was lightweight and easy to build which overcame the site constraints and met the Client’s requirements.