Caunton have completed a highly successful leisure project comprising a Multi-screen Cinema, an Underground Car Park, together with restaurant areas. This new six-screen Apollo Cinema Complex in Altrincham has been developed as a partnership between the developer CTP and Altrincham Town Council.
Caunton have supplied over 400 tonnes of Structural Steelwork to frame this uniquely shaped structure, which was built within “a tight site”, bounded by a railway line to the rear, plus a railway bridge and a trunk road to a residential development.
Considerable time was spent at the pre contract phase developing a suitable structural grid to satisfy the differing requirements of the auditoria, the car park, the restaurants and the site boundary. Caunton’s erection team was as a result presented with a number of logistical challenges during the erection, not only of the Structural Steelwork, but also the placing of the metal decking and installation of the pre-cast concrete stair flights. Caunton’s contract with main contractor John Sisk & Son Ltd. was on a design and build basis. Caunton were in a position to liaise closely and at an early stage with John Sisk to deliver a complex steelwork frame within a budget and a programme that had to satisfy strict technical criteria. As a result, both vibration and acoustic technologies were employed in order to satisfy the requirements demanded of the client, generated by the close proximity of the railway line.