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Fitzwilliam Hotel

The Fitzwilliam at night

Fitzwilliam Hotel

Lift Shaft formwork in progress

Fitzwilliam Hotel

Lift Shaft Panel (TSE) with stripping panel being set in place

Fitzwilliam Hotel

RE-Bar to lift shaft in progress

Fitzwilliam Hotel

PERI/Multi prop & girder system for concrete floor slab

Climbing the Core

Climbing the concrete core with Peri platforms

RMD Aerodeck

Sixth floor decking

Column boxes

Mix of lightweigh plastic boxes and Peri couln boxes

Fitzwilliam Concrete Frame

Fourth floor decking in progress

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel stands in the heart of Belfast on Great Victoria Street, next door to the glorious Grand Opera House. Mastercraft Construction were entrusted with erecting the concrete frame for this five star hotel.

The hotel framework is built to within 250mm off the walls of the Opera House and covers the entire footprint of the site. This created a few logistical problems during the project in regards to storage and construction methods. These were overcome by pouring only a half floor at a time so that there was always a hard surface to work and load materials onto.

The main lift shaft core was erected using CBC platforms and Trio panels with the rear platform only being introduced after the 4th floor, which was the point when the structure began to rise above the roof of the Opera House. The first two suspended floors incorporated numerous transfer beams which were formed using Peri multiprops and girders. However once onto the flat slabs of levels 3 to 10 we reverted to using RMD’s Airodek system with it’s striking head, thus allowing the materials to be struck out after 2 days and be moved onto the next location. All columns were erected using Vario columns and plastic Geotube, which is lightweight, allowing the workforce to erect columns by hand. This avoided the unnecessary use of valuable tower crane time.


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