Godiva Place - Sigmat

After Galliford Try plc were selected as preferred bidder by the Developer Regents Godiva, Sigmat were the successful LGSF system chosen to provide a full structural solution at Coventry University. The 24,500m2 scheme at Godiva Place in Coventry has created a stunning 772-bedroom facility.

Sigmat is a UK based company that specialises in and operates a 'Source to Site' policy. Godiva Place was at the time the biggest LGSF contract in the UK. (Since surpassed by another scheme at the University of Hull)

Despite the normal challenges associated with such a large project, Sigmat's holistic approach was invaluable in mitigating any emerging problems. In simple terms we designed the project and completed the technical drawings ahead of manufacturing and panel assembly prior to final frame erection on site.
Our innovative 'vertical' approach meant we were able to respond to any on-site challenges rapidly, ensuring that we kept to agreed timescales and remained within budget. Invariably, we exceeded expectations with quicker finish times and higher than expected savings.

Massing and height were extensively modelled using BIM software and verified view analysis which resulted in the construction of 5 blocks ranging from 4 to 9 storeys.

One major challenge – principally from the perspective of height was the chance it might compromise daylight to adjacent residential properties and reduce views of nearby historic buildings. 

Project Engineer, Andy Black stated: "The resulting series of LGSF 'finger' blocks meant we were able to maximise daylight penetration into and through the site. Massing and height were extensively modelled using BIM software and verified view analysis ensured the best balance of landmark height whilst protecting views of historic churches. Besides the height and view considerations, the design of a perimeter block that creates a defined street edge, shields the internal part of the development from the noise and pollution of an adjacent dual carriageway."

A building that is 100% HSE 'fit' is great but not so great if 100% 'boring'.

The challenge was to reduce the latter. Fortunately, LGSF has the ability to support numerous facades and can feature cladding, brick and render which means our multi-functional product was able to retain architectural aesthetics with its flexible use of materials. 

A feature called 'bat ears' in house, enabled us to create interesting frame shapes that worked hard to bring an interesting 'design' to the structure & a key feature of the elevation adjacent to the by-pass.

Included within the Sigmat scope of works were 2 levels of HR steel podium transfer to 2 blocks providing a full structural solution that de-risked the build. By providing HR & LGSF, Sigmat were able to rapidly erect the frame enabling GT to 'chase us' up the building. A benefit with LGSF is the ability to bring additional trades in earlier allowing the programme to be accelerated to hit an end date critical to the new intake of students.

Effective collaboration ensured that the new 5 block, 24,500m² scheme at Regents Godiva completed its weathered envelope nearly 3 months ahead of schedule.
These early stage time savings meant the extensive University campus accommodation was ready ahead of the Sept 2018 intake.

LGSF systems have the advantage of speed over more traditional methods and are widely accepted to be up to 50% faster in terms of delivery, a statistic evidenced by this project.

The Sigmat system achieves an increase of 17.8% in structural efficiency when compared to many key competitors so in summary, LGSF is not only innovative, but can represent a combined saving that is delivered as either improved timescales, budget gains or the advantages of lower site impacts which in turn, enhance relationships either at client level or with locally based communities. This is evidenced by further contract awards from Galliford Try & Galliford Try Partnerships which have further strengthened our relationship.


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