Thursday, 21 November 2019
Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre PDF Print E-mail

Mastercraft Construction teamed up with PERI, the largest provider and manufacturer of formwork and scaffolding systems globally, on the formwork aspect of the new Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre.

The £18.5m Visitor Centre is a state-of-the-art tourist attraction and features an illuminating exhibition showcasing the myths and science behind the Giant's Causeway. An energy efficient building designed by Heneghan-Peng, the award winning architects, the Visitor Centre covers 2500 sq metres with the roof enabling 360 degree views of the coastline and the building integrates well with its surroundings as the roof covering is of planted local grasses.

A high standard of concrete finish was required throughout this project and the sloping soffit of the visitors centre was cast in white concrete and had three fold lines included which altered the fall from one area to another. As the building was of an non-orthogonal design the main ceiling was laid to pre-determined falls and was made up of more than 800 individually cut parallelogram shaped plywood sheets.

Further interesting features of the building are the inclined wall and curved tunnel walls were no tie holes were permitted. The inclined wall is 5.5m high x 12.5m long with a 20 degree incline and curved tunnel walls are also 5.5m high. This required not only ingenious formwork solution but also a practical construction solution and proved to be one of our biggest challenges to date but this was overcome with good engineering techniques provided by a joint effort from our experienced site team and our formwork provider. The finished plywood patterns on these walls had to be formed using specially imported plywood from Germany which were 5.4m x 2m.




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