AKS Ward London
Head Office
One West Smithfield

020 7236 0161
020 7236 3239

Gary Allen / Managing Director
Matt Walker / Operations Director
Stephen Gibbs / Operations Director

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AKS Ward Hitchin
Lister Beare
Manor Court, 26 Bancroft
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

01462 420 668
01462 438 630

Gary Allen / Managing Director
Colin Seabrook / Operations Director

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AKS Ward Southampton
116 High Street
The French Quarter
SO14 2AA

02380 235 340
02380 634 294

David Perkins / Director
John Dunford / Operations Director

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AKS Ward Oxford
Seacourt Tower
West Way

01865 240 071
01865 248 006

Craig Gamble / Director
Charles Soothill / Director
Graham Taylor / Operations Director
Paul Morgan / Operations Director

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AKS Ward Birmingham
33a Vittoria Street
B1 3ND

01212 274 386

Craig Gamble / Director
Paul Morgan / Operations Director
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July 18, 2017

Steel Frame Gets PR Mention in NSC

Technical Director in our Oxford branch, Oliver Fyson, narrates at length on the intricate design of the steel frame for an Oxford University Department of Chemistry building, currently in design.

The three-storey extension to the rear of the existing building aims to house chemistry teaching laboratories. Re-allocation of part of the existing space to chemistry required relocation of some of the existing users.  The opportunity was therefore taken to undertake a complete space planning review which resulted in major refurbishment of some floors including the taking down and reconstruction of some of the later poor quality lightweight extensions on the flat roofs.

The existing storey heights are low by current standards so to create the ceiling heights required, only one floor in the extension matched the level of the existing.  This resulted in the lowest level being cut into the ground thus exposing the existing pile caps which had to be incorporated into the layouts.

The semi-basement is formed with a sheet piled retaining wall on three sides, with grouting of the water bearing gravels and underpinning of the existing building on the fourth side to provide the primary waterproof structure.  An internal cavity drain system them captures any leakages through the primary waterproof envelope.

Read more about the steel frame at New Steel Construction Magazine.