The development consists of leisure and retail units, a 90 bed hotel, restaurants and parking for 750 cars. The focal point of the site is the new multiplex cinema that has over 2100 seats spread across 12 auditoriums, the largest of which can seat more than 400 people. Acoustic isolation of each auditorium was of paramount importance throughout the structure and this was achieved in a number of ways.
The extensive use of acoustic isolation packs was required throughout the structure; this again added an extra level of
complexity to the steelwork detailing and connections. The steelwork for this project was erected in two phases, the first of which was the main structure. This contained many areas of complex steelwork and connections, including two areas of facetted roof with a hidden plant well and feature eaves support steelwork. There are also multiple levels of internal steelwork that accommodate floors, access walkways and screen supports. The second site period involved the installation of the auditorium support steel for the 12 movie theatres; this could only be undertaken after the completion of the internal floors and walls.
Using Tekla software
- The use of Tekla Structures throughout the detailing phase of the work allowed modelling of intricate connections in a 3d environment, thereby ensuring that any restrictive bolt access, erection issues and overall ‘buildabaility’ of the project could be addressed and overcome.
- The CNC data that is produced by Tekla and processed by the Voortman fabrication machinery means that all items can now be produced with location scribes and part numbers shown on the steelwork; a huge benefit to the fabrication teams and ensures a high standard of production accuracy.
- The flexibility of Tekla Structures also allows modification of the standard steel and bolt catalogues to incorporate propriety acoustic isolation items.