Atom Consultants Ltd.
Atom Consultants act as the Principal Structural Designers, responsible for the design of all structural elements of the building, including foundations and superstructure. The Primary Structural Frame adapts a concrete structure for the Strong Room Area. Steel Frame is used for the Educational Facilities and Seminar Rooms. Glulam and CLT panels are used for the structure containing the Public Access Areas to enhance the visual aspects of the space. We are also undertaking Civil Engineering Design, which includes all underground drainage systems, retaining walls, paved areas and surface water attenuation. BIM is used throughout all aspects of our design to develop the design details and facilitate co-ordination with the Project Design Team. The conceptual design uses different ground floor levels linked by stairs and a shallow ramp to accommodate the difference in level between the entrance at the northern and southern ends of the building. The ramp and stairs form part of a central spine which links the southern and northern ends (the public and academic areas) of the building; to the north the internal spine connects to an external paved area with a central island of soft landscaping. Pitched roofs clad in standing seam zinc cladding are to be used over the strong rooms and public search room; the remaining areas are to have flat roofs with a single ply membrane covering. As an alternative to the steel frame, consideration is being given to replacing all or part of the steel elements with glulam beams and columns and load–bearing walls of CLT construction.