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It's been quite a while getting to this stage, but we finally have images of our latest block of apartments. They feature walls not lining through with joists transferring loads in shear, balconies and lots of lovely architectural features Engineers come to fear! 
The image below is one of SEVEN blocks all three and four storey, all in Light Gauge Steel and featuring Lewis Deck Screeded floors, balconies and ground floor car parking! 
There have been SOME - two or three Hot Rolled steel beams required due to some of the design features, but generally the project is ENTIRELY cold rolled steel. 
At the time of writing the ground floor was designed as screw piles by our friends at Ecologic, with ring beam spabbing between piles and light gauge steel lattice joists (with insulation underneath and a ventilated cavity) spanning between these ring beams. This was due to the site ground being hevily contaminated and the cost of removing the contaminated material. 
Due to the nature of light steel framing the structure itself and the loads it applies are relatively light, thus meaning when combined with the ground conditions that screw piles were the obvious choice for the build, and possibly the only way it would work! 
The finished build includes a Light Gauge Steel lift shaft as well as stair well walls in light gauge steel - though the stairs themselves are traditional hot rolled steel for ease and redued cost. 
We used the 'Tekla Tedds Add in for Light Gauge Steel from our colleagues at to design this structure, including the hot rolled steel. 
Want to design similar projects yourself? Pop along to one the training courses run by Modern Engineered Software Solutions on the 1st Thursday of every month - details here 
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