Located in Drumchapel, Glasgow, the Atlas retail project is a 4.645 square meter retail unit with an on-site garden centre. The building will house the new store for 'The Range' as well as coffee and restaurant units.
The building consists of a duo-slopped hipped portal frame with a fenced area and parapet steelwork on all sides. Offset cladding on all elevations achieved with feature 'bulkhead' steelwork and a 'twisting' entrance frame, makes this project stand out.
AMCA Structures Ltd. was responsible for the modelling and detailing of the steel frame (hot rolled and cold rolled members) as well as issuing general arrangement drawings to the design team, fabrication drawings and relevant documents required by the steelwork contractor as well as all the necessary steelwork erection drawings.
AMCA Structures Ltd. was also involved in the design & development process for the supporting steelwork for all locations where offset cladding was required and for the complex 'twisting' entrance frame, achieving optimised steel layout without jeopardising the milestones of the project.
Issues resolved early with IFC model coordination
Architectural features on all elevations requiring offset cladding meant we had to work on extensive coordination between AMCA Structures Ltd. and the rest of the design team to make sure all features were both, structurally and architecturally correct. AMCA Structures Ltd. assisted the design team in optimising the steel layout required for the offset cladding support using IFC model coordination. By doing so, all issues were identified and resolved as early as possible.
The use of IFC coordination was also critical in finalising the design and modelling of the feature 'twisting' entrance frame ensuring that all required architectural features were correctly 'tied' with the structural requirement of the frame. AMCA Structures' Ltd. assistance in all complex features was pivotal in meeting the project's program, with constant coordination between all disciplines of the design team.
Important points or benefits:
- Dimensions : 156m (L) x 35m (W) x 9.6m (H).
- UDAs were used to assign the paint finishes on each member
- Custom UDA was used to track completion of the detailing process.