Design & Build


1300 Tonne

Scope of work: Steelwork, PC Stairs, PC Terrace Units, PC Lifts, Acoustic Separation, Glulam Rafters, Edge Protection, Thermal Breaks

The brief

Client - Willmott Dixon

The Manchester College (TMC) is a 5 storey structure for higher and further education students.

TMC has a mixture of 150mm and 200mm composite concrete slab using a re-entrant metal decking throughout all floors. Due to a retaining wall down one elevation of the building, half of the columns along one gridline have been stepped in, creating a cantilever at level 02.

In the buildings atrium there is an entire self-contained theatre known as the Jewel Box. The Jewel Box roof is supported by 3 trusses which in turn hold up the columns for the floors above. Because this is a sound sensitive space, all of the structure surrounding it have been acoustically isolated to stop the transmission of sound. There is a professional quality film studio at ground level to allow students to learn and produce tv and film content. Above the atrium there are 3 rows of northlights supported by walkways on the glulam rafters.

The approach

We engineered a bespoke cladding support system.

The client originally proposed using glulam columns and beams to surround the atrium, this unfortunately was too expensive for the budget.

The outcomes

This allowed the main contractor to start the cladding subcontractor without having to wait to for the concrete floors to be finished.

We utilised steel beam and columns with a glulam cladding. This left the only structural glulam as the Roof beams on show in the atrium.

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Working with Hambleton Steel on Manchester City Campus College was an enjoyable experience for ourselves and the wider design team. Hambleton brought their knowledge and skill by collaboratively working with the whole team from RIBA Stages 2/3 until completion by problem solving, giving advise on buildability and bringing efficiencies to the design to ensure it maintained within budget.

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Latifah McIntosh

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They’ve done a cracking job on here for us and I personally would have no hesitation in using them again.

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Lee Hughes - Vinci

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Pleasure working with you and your team, and great turnround on the scheme and a good finished product with no major issues on site along with a final account agreed, cant do much better than that. Happy to put you forward where we can and would definitely work with yourselves again.

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Peter Dodd, Vinci

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From a design point of view, very happy with the design process. Jack and team were proactive throughout and the securing of the steel at that time was also extremely proactive of HSL.

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Barry Landrum - Vinci