The Bournemouth landscape has changed recently with the delivery of a £40m rejuvenation of the town centre by Bournemouth Development Company (BDC), a partnership between the Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.
Bournemouth Borough Council’s long-term town centre vision included the redevelopment of council-owned surface car parks for a variety of uses that help stimulate the economy and drive regeneration. The former surface car parks have now been replaced with a seven-storey, 382-space multi-storey car park and a £23m student accommodation project providing 378 rooms for the Arts University, Bournemouth.
The new seven-storey, 21m high car park is a striking colourful local landmark. The external design features an attractive series of large, bright aluminium ‘fins’ in eight graduating shades from pale yellow through to bright orange.
Composite Profiles developed the floor decking design with Morgan Sindall during the early stages to ensure that the most appropriate system was employed.
The Composite Profiles team was engaged by Morgan Sindall early in the project to advise on the best products available for this new multi-storey car park.
A complicating factor was its coastal location of Bournemouth. The challenge was in the complex design requiring exposed soffits, but also its proximity to the sea making it more susceptible to potential salt corrosion. Mark Norton, Managing Director, explains.
“With our head office located in Poole, we were able to utilise our knowledge of coastal weather variations to create a unique solution that was not only effective, but more environmentally friendly whilst also aesthetically pleasing. The scheme is an excellent example of the proactive approach taken by the entire Composite Profiles team to find positive solution opportunities to complex projects.”
The Composite Profiles and Tata Steel teams worked hard behind the scenes to develop ComFlor® 60 with Colorcoat FD® 170 before presenting the solution to Morgan Sindall.
FD® 170 coating does not allow for the usual thru-deck welded shear studs, nor would they have been suitable for this coastal environment. The solution was for the steel fabricators to pre-weld the shear studs to the primary frame before hot dip galvanizing the sections prior to delivery.
Tata Steel is the only manufacturer able to offer a high quality and guaranteed factory applied colour coated finish, both as FD® 25, which is primarily aesthetic, and FD® 170, which also offers additional protection to the zinc galvanising. This project was pioneering as it was the first time FD® 170 was used on composite floor decking in the UK on a car park. The high reflectivity of the pre-finished white surface meant that a bright safe environment was created for the end users and the client also benefited from reduced lighting costs for the lifetime of the building.
“We worked with Tata Steel to propose the combination of ComFlor® 60 and Colorcoat FD® 170 to this amazing new facility in the heart of Bournemouth. Not only unique to Tata Steel but the first time this product combination solution was used in the UK. The white coating to the soffit of the ComFlor® 60 both protects the deck and helps reflect light, making it a brighter, safer environment for the end users. The high reflectivity of the white Colorcoat FD® 170 coating also resulted in reduced lighting requirements, creating a more environmentally friendly building.”
Joel Nurser, Operations Director, Composite Profiles