Large retail fit-out project for a new market complex in Camden
Market consists of food and beverage stalls, retail stalls and dining areas spaced out over four levels of two new purpose built buildings.
ASME Engineering were responsible for the structural design of metalworks, including stairs, hanging fascia panel and balustrades, the supply and installation of metalworks, and the supply and installation of joinery.
What were the challenges and what made the project successful?
One of the challenges we faced on this particular project was that the food units were all unique and different. Each unit consisted of many components and parts which made it slightly difficult as we couldn’t use a specific component from Tekla Structures to speed up the process. All joints and corners of the units had to be manually cut and adjusted to suit and meet the design requirements.
Another challenge we faced was when extracting drawings for the folded suspended fascia, we couldn’t provide the required dimensions, drawings required by our sub-contractors as unfolded settings were different and not applicable to the machine they operate.
What benefits did utilizing BIM and Tekla software bring to the project?
During the design stage, we were able to extract IFC models which we submitted together with our general arrangement drawings which enabled our clients to comment and review the models. We were then able to incorporate the modifications required as advised per comments received effectively and smoothly.
On the other hand, drawing side of things although we had many parts for each unit, with the help of Tekla Structures we were able to produce fabrication drawings quickly and accurately. We were able to specify dimensions and welding procedures required to complete the job. It was also useful to extract IFC models from Tekla to understand each assemblies.
The project in numbers
- Project value = £1.5 million
- Unique food stalls = 39