Read Construction initially approached us for advice in March 2014 – we had worked with them on numerous projects in the past including the creation of a roof for Blackpool Zoo, they knew us well and were confident we could deliver and add value to such a large scale project. Following appointment to the project we had several meetings with the construction company, the architect, the structural engineers and the zoo to fully grasp the requirements of the project and provide input with regards to the features and structures of the roofs required.
In total we supplied 8 separate buildings with trusses for the Islands Project – each with its own individual design, the shape of the roofs themselves creating a dramatic feature to the look of the building. The Tongkonan Restaurant roof and the Bali Starling roof required the most trusses at 68 and 66 respectively. In addition the majority of the trusses on these two buildings were ‘one offs’ ie. virtually each truss was different and not repeated anywhere else on the structure.
The first truss delivery took place in November 2014, we worked closely with the contractors to ensure that they received delivery at a time suitable to them to save them having the trusses sitting around on site. The final delivery took place in March 2015.
During the project we worked closely with AECOM the appointed structural engineers to produce special structural connections to tie the trusses to the buildings and to each other. We provided detailed designs and erection stage plans that were delivered to site with the trusses to ensure ease of assembly.