This project required the structure to be fully sealed with a smooth finish that had no visible fixings. The structure also needed to be entirely waterproof yet maintain the elegant angles and the thinnest profile possible.
The original design was pre-cast so we reviewed and proposed a steel alternative. This helped to reduce the costs and lead time for the client.
We developed a design to fulfil the client’s vision, as well as came up with an accurate and reliable construction budget so the client could compare options against their original pre-cast option. We also developed the design further, by confirming shelter dimensions and practicality.
Engineering drawings were done to confirm beam sizes, weights and connection techniques. This was used to assist with the development of a practical methodology for manufacturing, transportation and assembling the shelters.
Due to the sealed finish, access to any of the internal connections was very difficult and required precise assembly techniques. The structure was then transported in two pieces and put together on site.
Our hard work paid off because this is without doubt one of the most beautiful shelters we have created. The shelters perfectly fit into the surrounding architecture, which was one of the Sunland Group’s main requirements.
The shelters have an incredibly thin form, which called for smart engineering. With a continuous linking completely shrouding it, none of the structure can be seen. This took some serious technical design and engineering talent!
Fleetwood were engaged by Sunland to construct a public shelter of a usual form that was designed by them. The Fleetwood team were responsible for the structural integrity while remaining true the design of the shelter. The team at Fleetwood are a very professional and approached this challenge with enthusiasm. Their were a number of stumbling blocks along the way but no problem was to large and a answer was always find. The final results are fantastic great work.Andrew Conochie Development Manager, Sunland Group
The angles of the shelter are in keeping with the style of architecture nearby. This was a design driven by the Estate developer, who used an in-house architectural team. Fleetwood then helped to realise that vision.