East Norfolk Sixth Form College is undertaking a programee of expansion and renovation on its campus in Gorleston, Norfolk. The 1950s buildings require moderisation to provide up to date teaching facilities.
Horizon Structures engineers have been engaged by the College to provide structural engineering services to the new dedicated photographic facility. The new building is formed from high lit rooms with integral closed rooms for developing and processing.
Given the speed of the programme, two engineering solutions for the structure were proposed. Firstly, a steel frame with infill panels or secondly, a light weight timber frame structure. Given the intended form of the building, the timber frame solution also provided the most economic solution.
The design utilises a shallow raft foundation, supporting structural studwork and glulam beams which also increases the building's green credentials.