Poole Gateway Fusion Building



  • End Client

    Bournemouth University

  • Main Contractor

    Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd

  • Steel Contractor

    ACE Welding Lld

  • Budget


Commissioned by Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, specialist metal decking contractor Composite Profiles, is helping to create the future of Bournemouth University (BU). Poole Gateway Fusion is the stunning new entrance to the university’s main campus. It is truly striking with 4,800m2 of ComFlor® 51+ steel decking laid by Composite Profiles’ specialist installation team.

Poole Gateway Fusion is BU’s impressive new arena designed to showcase their faculties of Science & Technology and Media & Communication due to open in Spring 2020. Its high-tech look is indicative of its purpose to house top-quality faculty and research facilities fit for future leaders in their respective fields. With ‘Building the Future’ as a core mantra for Composite Profiles and being a stone’s throw from our head office, we are super proud to be the specialist decking contractors on this landmark local project.

Part of Bournemouth Town Council’s wider initiative to focus on health and wellbeing in all new developments, BU is leading the way with its own vision to provide environments that inspire collaborative learning, research and enterprise. The Poole Gateway Fusion Building is part of a portfolio of projects Atkins Human-Centred Design is working on for BU, all designed to put people’s wellbeing at the heart of building design.

BU has an outstanding international reputation as a leading academic institution in the field of computer animation, TV and media production, music and sound production, and science and technology.

Honouring BU’s reputation as a globally leading education provider, the Poole Gateway Fusion building will offer world-class facilities including state-of-the art film, TV, music and gaming production studios.

Due to the project’s core requirement for a sustainable design that minimises carbon footprint, steel was the construction material of choice for the main frame and floors. Due to house high-tech equipment, such as 4K ultra-high definition film cameras, state solid logic mixing desks, surround sound Dolby Atmos and PC/Apple Mac animation and gaming laboratories, a robust sound-absorbing floor deck was required.

As experts in Tata Steel’s Comflor® floor deck range, the CF 51+ was first choice. Benefits include its composite strength, acoustic performance and BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing certification. The ‘cradle to grave’ traceability of all Tata Steel components maximises points for BREEAM requirements (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology).

As part of BU’s Estates Development framework and commitment to developing sustainable campuses, The Poole Gateway Fusion Building was designed to include carbon-reduction measures. In a proactive effort to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM status, materials and contractors were chosen and scheduling adapted to suit.

A focus on the right company being chosen contributed to split phasing for the work. Being able to react flexibly and move trades around was an important factor. Subcontractors had to have a fluid approach and flexibility to work on site at varying times to meet the project’s overall requirements. This staged approach took our team 7 weeks to install 4,800m2 ComFlor 51+ floor decking, Safety Netting, 1,200m Edge Shutter and 12,000 Thru-Deck Shear Studs, which at a continuous pace could be completed in under 5 weeks. Reacting to changing priorities and working flexibly together to achieve a collective end result is a core element of the Composite Profiles’ service offering.

The view of the new entrance building from Boundary Roundabout is a head-turning visual gateway to the campus. Its remarkable fan-shaped form and stepped roof profile presented interesting irregular perimeters on which to secure the safety netting before beginning the deck installation.

“Before us, a building is just a big open frame. Our site teams have to navigate voids and drops, often very high up, to secure safety netting before anyone can begin to install the decking. It’s not for the faint-hearted! After us, the structure has floors and a roof and for the first time starts to resemble the final building.” Phil Robinson, Decking Foreman, Composite Profiles

“It’s an inspiring building to look at yet alone to study in. Our installation teams and project managers work all over the country, so it’s really nice to be involved in a flagship building so close to our head office in Poole. We’re also exploring the opportunity of offering a student work placement, so it will be fantastic if we can literally show them what we do by just stepping outside of their lecture hall. Poole Gateway holds real sentiment to us being on home turf.”

Mark Norton, Managing Director, Composite Profiles