EOS designed and manufactured bespoke offsite panels with built-in wind posts for the Hendon Operational and Training Centre, which provides state-of-the-art facilities that are equipped for the challenges of 21st Century policing.
Spanning 73 acres, the £50m scheme involved the demolition of 25 existing buildings to create two main blocks across 11 acres at the north end of the site, which provide 20,000m2 of flexible training and operational space for over 2,000 staff.
The iconic Grade II Listed statue of Sir Robert Peel has been relocated to overlook the new parade ground for passing out ceremonies – a main focal point of the development. Four interlinking vestibules lead to the main building - a four storey teaching accommodation block, fully glazed on the south elevation to maximise views over the parade ground.
The complex design of the Hendon scheme presented significant installation challenges. The large ribbon curtain walling windows needed heavy duty reinforcement so required a bespoke solution. EOS’ designed and manufactured bespoke offsite panels with built-in wind posts which could be temporarily pinned, released, fixed down and then re-secured back to the pre-assembled panels.
Large downstand beams were fixed with diagonal braces in to soffits which were delivered to site ‘just in time’ for installation, cutting down on site wastage, labour and traffic to and from site.
Through the bespoke use of standard products, the EOS technical team were able to create a hybrid pre-panelised system with adjustable wind posts to overcome the significant technical challenges presented with this project.