Last week some of our engineers and technicians attended a site visit at The Factory, Manchester, led by BuroHappold Engineering and Laing O’Rourke and which was organised by the Young Members Committee of the Lancashire and Cheshire IStructE region.
The Factory, which is being constructed on the former site of Granada Studio, is a £110 million multi-disciplinary arts venue set for completion in summer 2021. The walkover showcased the complex engineering entailed within the project and it’s unique challenges and constraints. Among the notable engineering feats witnessed included a 14m cantilevered concrete box structure for the purpose of a truck lift and as well as bespoke steel I section columns subject to axial loads of up of 32000kN!
We are excited to have witnessed such an amazing project and its intricate engineering during the construction phase.