Studwelders Composite Floor Decks supplied and installed over 8000m2 of MetFloor 55, almost 9000m2 of MetFloor 60 and almost 6000m2 of MetFloor 80 steel decking to the ICC Wales development in the Celtic Manor Resort.
This £83.7M project, jointly owned by the Celtic Manor Resort and the Welsh Government, gives Wales it's first International Conference Centre, allowing it to host larger delegations than ever before.
In order for Wales to capture a larger share of the £22B meetings industry market, the new ICC Wales convention centre was developed in the Celtic Manor resort near Newport, overlooking the M4 motorway. The centre aims to create 250 jobs upon opening, as well as hundreds of local jobs during its construction, which it achieved by awarding £22M of contracts to local Welsh businesses. At the peak, 360 workers from a myriad of trades were onsite.
Studwelders, based less than 15 miles down the M4 in Chepstow, was one of the Welsh firms that benefitted from the construction of the new venue. Studwelders recieved the contract to supply and install over 8000 square metres of traditional, dovetail re-entrant MetFloor 55 steel decking, almost 9000 square metres of long-span trapezoidal MetFloor 60 steel decking, and almost 6000 square metres of ultra long-span trapezoidal MetFloor 80 steel decking onsite. Studwelders also installed safety netting onsite, and welded steel shear studs across the site. In recent years, Studwelders CFD have used their own shear studs (manufactured by CMF, just 10 miles north of the Celtic Manor Resort). The CSC Composite Shear Connectors are designed to compliment the MetFloor steel decking range perfectly, and are available in a variety of dimensions; diameters of 16, 19, 22 and 25mm, and manufactured in a range of lengths. The CSC range allow Studwelders to produce a range of composite beam designs in conjuction with MetFloor steel decking and concrete. They also perform the vital function of fastening the profiled steel decking into place due to Studwelders’ use of through-deck welding techniques.
ICC Wales was another challenging build due to the many varying floor levels and walkways situated through the steel frame. This project had various decking profiles and gauges, therefore careful planning had to be ensured during the undertaking of the detailing and installation works. The project was largely installed throughout the winter months where the weather was a major contributing factor to the difficult delivery programme for all trades involved onsite.
By May 2018, half of the 4,600t steel framework had been installed on the build. Steel was used to construct the framework of the buildings including the auditorium and the main hall, and was also used for the iconic entrance to the centre, as well as the roof trusses. By November 2018, the steelwork was complete. Newport is home to the Llanwern steelworks, meaning that steel was an apt building material for this project.
ICC Wales will have in excess of 26,000sq m floor space, capable of accommodating 5,000 delegates, an auditorium with 1,500 seats installed, while a separate exhibition hall will be constructed with capabilities of hosting 2,400 people for gala dinners. The design includes five meeting rooms, outdoor networking spaces, and state-of-the-art technology. Visitors will be welcomed into a 2,500sq m outdoor plaza that doubles as an exhibition space, followed by a double-height glass atrium. Completed in July 2019, the £83.7m, 5000-delegate facility features a 4,000-square meter pillar-free main hall, the largest pillar-free ballroom in Europe. The first conference scheduled to be held in the new venue is the UK Space Conference in September 2019.