After Galliford Try plc were selected as preferred bidder by the Developer Regents Godiva, Sigmat were the successful LGSF system chosen to provide a full structural solution at Coventry University. The 24,500m2 scheme at Godiva Place in Coventry has created a stunning 772-bedroom facility.
Sigmat is a UK based company that specialises in and operates a 'Source to Site' policy. Godiva Place was at the time the biggest LGSF contract in the UK. (Since surpassed by another scheme at the University of Hull)
Massing and height were extensively modelled using BIM software and verified view analysis which resulted in the construction of 5 blocks ranging from 4 to 9 storeys.
Project Engineer, Andy Black stated: "The resulting series of LGSF 'finger' blocks meant we were able to maximise daylight penetration into and through the site. Massing and height were extensively modelled using BIM software and verified view analysis ensured the best balance of landmark height whilst protecting views of historic churches. Besides the height and view considerations, the design of a perimeter block that creates a defined street edge, shields the internal part of the development from the noise and pollution of an adjacent dual carriageway."
A building that is 100% HSE 'fit' is great but not so great if 100% 'boring'.
A feature called 'bat ears' in house, enabled us to create interesting frame shapes that worked hard to bring an interesting 'design' to the structure & a key feature of the elevation adjacent to the by-pass.
Included within the Sigmat scope of works were 2 levels of HR steel podium transfer to 2 blocks providing a full structural solution that de-risked the build. By providing HR & LGSF, Sigmat were able to rapidly erect the frame enabling GT to 'chase us' up the building. A benefit with LGSF is the ability to bring additional trades in earlier allowing the programme to be accelerated to hit an end date critical to the new intake of students.
LGSF systems have the advantage of speed over more traditional methods and are widely accepted to be up to 50% faster in terms of delivery, a statistic evidenced by this project.