GATWICK AIRPORT, SOUTH TERMINAL BAGGAGE FACILITY – SLABSTRESS 05 November 2014

The £184M scheme to replace Gatwick Airport’s pier 1 involves demolition of the old pier and construction of a totally new facility in its place. It will accommodate five aircraft of a larger size than can be accommodated at the existing pier and they will have direct access via an air bridge, improving turn around times.
The building is designed around the baggage handling system, a new £45M ergonomically efficient system which will increase capacity from 3800 to 4250 bags per hour. The design of the building had to respect the radar line and the required height reductions were achieved with the help of a post-tensioned slab at first floor level. This slab carries the terminal facility over the baggage handling area.
The PT slab has a total area of 6690m² and has been constructed in 12 pours. The slab is 375mm thick and some of the heavily loaded internal columns benefit from a 900 x 900 steel shear head. To allow unhindered access into the baggage area below, several of the supporting columns are omitted along the front face and, instead, the PT slab is supported from a steel roof truss via tension hangers. The “L” shaped building measures 442 x 78.6m and typical grids are 12 x 12m.
The design relied heavily on BIM to identify clash detection and check access for maintenance. It also assisted in designing the baggage handling system to cope with various “what if” problem scenarios. The model also served as a useful training tool for the new staff prior to opening at the end of 2014.

CONSTRUCT AWARD WINNERS 2014

Freyssinet have been awarded the Award for Innovation and its Adoption at this years Construct Awards. The award is for our ongoing works at Hammersmith Flyover in London. The innovation relates to the use of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) as a key element in the Post Tensioning (PT) strengthening system. Freyssinet is extending the life of key structures using advanced concrete with new techniques. The solution UHPFRC challenged the application of design codes, driving new techniques like the development of a unique concrete placement system. These innovations have the potential to change the way we think of future refurbishment of similar concrete structures.

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The award and cheque was collected by Kevin Bennett, Sales and Technical Director and Ron Wilkinson, who were both thrilled by the accolade. The cheque was donated to the event’s chosen charity, The Lighthouse Club, who provide support to construction workers and their families.

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HAMMERSMITH SEMINAR A SUCCESS

Over 40 attended a seminar on ‘Corrosion, Structural Repair and Post Tensioning’ at Novotel London West, Hammersmith on Tuesday 30th September 2014.
Guest speakers included David Halifax, Reinforced Earth Manager and Jon Ball, Associate Director, Roger Bullivant.
Freyssinet’s Southern Repairs Manager, Gary McKenzie was impressed with the level of interest shown in both the talks and the site visit, from delegates across the UK.
Feedback from attendees has been universally positive, including:
“Thank you for the seminar last week, my colleague and I found it interesting and thought provoking.” Hertforshire County Council
“What a most interesting and enjoyable seminar! Your talks were most interesting, full of useful information […] and the trip round Hammersmith was really interesting because as far as I can see it’s are at the forefront of prestress, with the Ductal end blocks and 300m 37/15 tendons ending in blisters. All explained with great knowledge and patience. Thank you to all who took part.” AECOM

FREYSSINET APPOINT NEW RAIL MANAGER

We are delighted to announce that Freyssinet have appointed new Rail Manager.
Brian Smith, who started in his new role last week has over 30 years experience in the Construction Industry. He is excited to begin his work with Freyssinet in this sector.

NEW SOUTHERN OFFICE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We are delighted to announce that, due to expansion, our new southern office is now up and running!
The office, located in Dartford. will be our Repairs Manager for London and the South East, Gary McKenzie’s new base.

CORROSION, STRUCTURAL REPAIR AND POST TENSIONING SEMINAR – LEEDS 28TH JANUARY 2014

Over 40 attended a seminar on ‘Corrosion, Structural Repair and Post Tensioning’ at Leeds United Football Club, Leeds on Tuesday 28th January 2014.

Guest speakers included Graham Povey, Temporary Works Consultant and Dr Chris Atkins, Associate, Mott MacDonald.

Freyssinet’s Northern Repairs Manager, Phil Watkins-Smith was impressed with the level of interest shown from around Yorkshire.

Feedback from attendees has been universally positive, with many questions being asked of Phil and the guest speakers throughout the event.

Feedback from the seminar included:

“Thanks for putting the seminar in place – the presentations were very good and of great interest.”
Highways Agency

“Thanks for the invitation and for organising […], I found it very useful. If you could also keep me posted on any future events you have planned I would be grateful.”
Leeds City Council

“I enjoyed the seminar […] and found it very informative.”
Jones Lang LaSalle

SENIOR ESTIMATOR VACANCIES – TELFORD AND LONDON

Freyssinet currently have 2 vacancies for imaginative Senior Estimators to join their specialist structural repairs divisions, one in our Telford office and one in London.

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