Fluid Structures were appointed as Structural Engineers for the construction of a new build boarding house for Brighton College.
The building was designed and engineered to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating with the structural design ensuring acoustic, thermodynamic and airtightness requirements are met. As with most projects, Fluid Structures were also appointed to produce the drainage design, ensuring full compatibility with the below ground structure and the required BREEAM credits were achieved.
The structure is a three storey reinforced concrete frame with a Kerto cross laminated timber roof structure. The building consists of 70+ student bedrooms, a staff member flat, associated bathroom, kitchen, communal space, library and computer facilities. The Kerto roof structure has been designed to satisfy and integrate the two parts of the L shaped building. One part requiring a dual pitch tied rafter solution, the other an 11m spanning truss. Each solution makes use of the structural abilities of Kerto’s products; Kerto S and Kerto Q, resulting in a roof structure that requires no purlins or noggins, which are complete with expressed bolted flitch plate connections and designed to ensure the rigorous aesthetic and BREEAM requirements were met.