Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford

This new-build 10,200m² landmark project, the Mary Seacole Building, houses the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Care. The facilities include specialist wards, healthcare teaching spaces, skill rooms, a physiology laboratory, and a 300?person lecture theatre along with smaller lecture theatres.

The need for flexible space was paramount, allowing future adaptability to deal with changing healthcare methods and technology. This flexibility was created by using a steel?framed solution with no internal columns and long?span cellular beams which were co?ordinated with the M&E consultant to minimise the structural and building services zone. Specialist software was used to analyse and design the structure, taking account of complexities such as dynamic response of the lecture theatres.

Significant site remediation issues including dealing with contamination and ground gas issues. The site is immediately adjacent to a busy railway track. Consequently, ground?borne vibration measurements were taken, allowing vibration response to be incorporated into the design.

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