Caunton Engineering, has recently completed a significant structural steel project in Gibraltar for JV Fitzpatrick Contractors and Rotary. The project involved the conversion of a major concrete framed office block, built originally for a local telecoms corporation, into a quality hospital building which will form an extension to the Gibraltar General Hospital. The site is within Gibraltar's vital Europort area on the water-front, with site access and temporary storage necessarily reduced to a minimum.
The original seven-storey building, never in fact to be occupied, was required to receive an additional storey, in effect added to the top of the existing roof, in order to accommodate extra plant rooms necessary for the hospital services. The existing roof itself as a result, of course, had to be stiffened substantially too. Furthermore the contract included additional stiffening work from the basement area up to the roof to accommodate both additional lift shaft steelwork and the floor stiffening require to accommodate this.
In addition a link bridge, imaginatively designed by Project consulting engineer Ross and Partners, was supplied, together with a new feature entrance canopy, elegantly designed by Project architect Devereux. An interesting and varied project but not so easy to manage from over 2000 miles away.