The Oaks Student Accommodation - Metstructures

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The Oaks is a 382 Bedroomed Student Accommodation in Coventry built on the site of a former college building that was demolished to make way for this new development. The building has 2 wings of student accommodation over 4 to 6 storeys with a mix of Studio apartments and cluster bedrooms.

McLaren Construction appointed MetStructures for the Light Gauge Steel Structure as they provided an in-house service from design through to on site installation. Everything was carefully co-ordinated between the McLaren team, the project designers, follow on sub-contractors and MetStructures design team to enable a timeous site programme to be completed.

The programme for the project was co-ordinated so that the just in time manufacture and delivery of the system aided the site team in delivering the structure to the build programme parameters. The pre-assembled external walls were pre clad with 12mm Cementitious board in MetStructures factory so that as the building progresses the envelope was protected from the elements. The internal loadbearing walls arrived pre-assembled and as with the external walls were co-ordinated for a rapid installation process.

On a floor by floor basis the external & internal walls were erected then the composite metal decking was installed from below, the staircases were also installed to allow safe access to the floor above for when the decking was complete. The composite deck then had the disproportionate collapse bars and reinforcement bars installed. On completion of the deck and reinforcement bars a substantial Quality Assurance check was carried out by MetStructures site management team before the concrete pour. The installation process was carried out utilising MetStructures independent Edge Protection System which aided the speed of installation and mitigated the requirement for a perimeter scaffold.

Gary Donnelly, MetStructures Project Director, stated that "Regular communication and meetings between the Design and project teams let to the successful design, detailing and installation of the project. We are pleased to say that following on from the successful delivery of The Oaks project McLaren Construction are now engaging with MetStructures on a number of other projects "

MetStructures are an integral part of the CMF Group of Companies and were formed to close the Group Manufacturing & Installation loop for Load Bearing Cold Rolled Construction Products. MetStructures design their Light Gauge Steel Framing System from their offices in Halesowen and Northern Ireland, with the manufacture and assembly of the system from their factories in Pontypool, Wales.

The MetStructures system is NHBC and SCI certified to 15 storeys in height and has been fire tested to 60, 90 & 120 minutes which meets the new building regulation standards for fire resistance. During their most recent suite of fire testing MetStructures paid particular attention to the external wall fire resistance from outside to inside and achieved a 120-minute fire rating for their system.

MetStructures work with their clients from the earliest design stages providing design and cost advice which enables the correct decisions to be made on current information. They are currently delivering their system to numerous Hotel, Student Accommodation, Extra Care and Residential projects throughout the UK and continue to expand their already established team.

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