The development, which replaces outdated facilities at Cefn Coed Hospital, has been funded by £10million from the Welsh Assembly Government and was constructed by Interserve.
The project is being developed under the ‘Design for Life’ supply chain framework, as initiated by the Welsh Assembly Government and operated by Welsh Health Estates.
- Three main buildings with concave, compound curved roofs and courtyards.
- Irregular facetted eaves profiles to full perimeter and courtyard openings.
- A showcase entrance building with compound curved fascias.
GK design manager reviews architectural intent to identify commonality of details between the three main buildings.
Work packages are then divided up amongst other members of the GK team. As no two buildings are alike, this dramatically foreshortens the design process as no two eaves panels are the same leading to a vast amount of manufacturing data being produced.
The showcase compound curved fascias are simultaneously modeled in 3D using Solidworks.
Following on from clients approval, a 3D “manufacturing skeleton” was added to the model, the panels were dissected in the software and 2D fabrication drawings were produced.
From the 2D fabrication drawings, the component parts of each panel were laser cut and supplied to the fabricator in kit form.
Using the manufacturing skeleton principal, these complex, compound curved panels were able to be fabricated without the need for fabrication drawings which eliminated the chance of fabrication errors.
- Design process was accurately completed in a very quick timescale.
- Architects requirement for the showcase entrance was satisfied and compound curved panels fitted first time without the need for site modification.