Client: Gateshead Borough Council/Frank Haslam Milan
Project: 45 bed elderly care unit
EOS: Load Bearing Frame
Angel Court is an elderly accommodation build consisting of 45 apartments that facilitates the local community, overlooking the Angel of the North landmark.
The main building has 45 two bedroom residential apartments; shop; hairdresser/beauty room; communal rooms and restaurant. Disability features included were braille signs and brightly coloured interiors to help visual or cognitive impairments. Six fully wheel chair accessible bungalows were also included in the development.
The client specification for the build was for a short programme to be constructed within a restricted area that provided sustainability, was cost effective, and would have a low maintenance end product.
A superstructure design was developed as a prefabricated light steel frame which then developed further to a wall and floor panel construction. By choosing the panel form allowed quick and efficient construction on site with minimum traffic movement.
The roof of the structure includes an outstanding feature which couldnt be produced by other building suppliers but via innovative detailing, was incorporated within the roof cassettes and installed, avoiding the need for any temporary works.
The dining room area has a large open span structure, 12m x 14m, for which hot rolled steel beams were incorporated within the cold formed construction creating a feature space. This clear span area is used as the main dining room but can also be transformed into smaller rooms for other purposes.
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