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UNIVERSITY OF BATH

BUILDING ENVELOPE ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION DESIGN / BIM MODELLING

Scope:

Façade Engineering | Structural Design | BIM Modelling | Construction Design | Fabrication Design 

The new 10 West building provides space for the expansion of the Department of Psychology, a new home for the Institute for Policy Research and a dedicated postgraduate study space on its upper floors.

The £30m project finished on time and within budget and was formally opened by Professor Dame Vicki Bruce on 20 July 2016.

The whole project was delivered within astonishing two and a half years from schematic design to handover. The programme constrains were the cornerstone from day one of our involvement in the project. FAT design had to enable rapid installation of the façade elements, mitigate risks and prevent delays.

By standardising of interfaces FAT ensured the same components of supporting frame could be implemented throughout the façade. This design strategy provided the installer with a lot of freedom in sequencing the production and building works.

The plans of Bristol-based architectural practice AWW enabled FAT to engineer striking glass atrium with 250 m2 of structural glazing. Our assignment was to achieve elegant connection of the curtain wall screen to the tubular steel framework of the glass atrium.

The building envelope comprises of ten different types of façade systems. The sheer quantity of interfaces has resulted in more than one thousand coordination drawings. Yet through standardisation FAT managed to simplify construction and keep quantity of the fabrication drawings to minimum.

One of the challenges of the project was the elaborate framework which comprises of mixture of steel and reinforced concrete frame. The complexity was overcome by meticulous coordination of the architectural and structural BIM models by FAT. To get the homogeneous backing structure for the numerous types of cladding the main skeleton of the building was covered in a cocoon of lightweight steel frame again designed and engineered by FAT.

Buildability and value engineering through intelligent design are fundamental to the philosophy of FAT. In close collaboration with the architect our design managers developed the porcelain tiles pattern with minimum wastage without compromising aesthetic requirements.

The recess features were achieved by complex multi-layered secondary framework of ventilated zinc and ceramic cladding.

To comply with strict program and to ensure the pristine appearance, the zinc shading fins, a utilitarian architectural embellishment, were designed as off-site prefabricated units.

The result is compelling: thousands of precision-engineered assembly parts form consistent monolithic structure.