Bailey supplied its fascia and cassette soffits to ensure the success of the challenging Somerstown Community Hub project in Portsmouth.
The striking design, spanning over 4000sqm houses crucial facilities for the residents of Somerstown such as a community centre, youth centre, dance studios, sports hall, health centre, café and housing offices. Its tubular structure stretches across a dual carriageway, connecting two communities either side.
Bailey worked closely with BAM Design’s Architect and contractor Kovara Projects Ltd from the very start of the project to make the vision a reality.
“Having Bailey’s input in the early stages of design was critical” comments Scott Norris from Kovara.
“They were able to take the drawings and ensure the unusual elliptical shape that formed the end of the hub were feasible. A number of surveys had to be undertaken – which was very tricky as we were having to work theoretically only – but Bailey contributed hugely to this and helped co-ordinate much of the early planning work."
Bailey supplied its fascia and cassette soffits for this complex oval shape, ensuring the precise shape was not compromised.
Dominic Woollerson from BAM Design was pleased the design looks as good in real life as it did as a concept: “We wanted to create a hub that not only linked the two communities and provided some much-needed services, but that also would become a landmark in the area.
“Early involvement of subcontractors is key to the success of projects such as this, as it allowed us to iron out any specific details from the get-go. For example, Bailey was able to adapt their standard I line channel to allow it to work with the form especially at the gable ends, which called for a seamless transition from straight to curved.
“They also worked to develop the edge and canopy panels to allow for a secret fixed cassette system which could work with a timber framed structure, glass replacement and allow hidden drainage.
“It was important that where possible, the building used sustainable materials and features – such as Bailey’s aluminium products – as this ensured the project achieved BREEAM ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ ratings.”
The hub, now in use, shows how important it is that subcontractors are involved with design, and that full collaboration throughout the project means smooth sailing!