Skanska has started installing unique pre-fabricated decking panels - sections of steel frame and decking already bolted together – to limit noise disturbance and minimise the risk of working at height on its Moorhouse project next to Moorgate station.
The panels make up the perimeter of the distinctive curved façade that spans the entire 19-storey height of London’s latest Foster-designed landmark.
Normally, Moorhouse’s curved profile would require large sections of steel decking to be cut on site using disc cutters to fit the steel frame’s shape, an operation that would create noise disturbance for local residents and businesses.
To overcome this, Skanska’s decking specialist Richard Lees Steel Decking (RLSD) and project steel fabricator William Hare are pre-fabricating all the perimeter’s curved structural steel and decking sections off-site. These are then delivered to site in assemblies, complete with edge trim and shear studs, ready to be lifted onto the façade by crane.
This also has other major benefits for Skanska. The quick installation cuts programme time for this area of steelwork, stops sparks from shear stud welding and minimises required storage space, important for a confined site area.
Moorhouse is a mixed office and retail development scheduled for completion by Skanska in the first half of 2004, when its unique design will make it one of the City of London’s most eye-catching buildings.