Contour Casings has designed, manufactured and installed a series of 5 elliptical column casings at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, one of the UK’s leading exhibition and events venues.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society recently invested in the £11.5 million construction of a new purpose built hall. The Hall’s external entrance areas included 5 structural columns standing 8 metres tall and each composed of Circular Hollow Sections (CHS). Each column required encasement for both aesthetic purposes and to protect drainage pipework.
Before Contour could create the column casings, its design team liaised with project architects P+HS to address issue of how they could be affixed to the CHS without affecting the integrity. Together they developed a bespoke frame system to be fixed around the CHS columns, to which the casings could then be securely attached.
Manufactured from 3mm thick aluminium, the column casings were each produced in 3 sections and stacked one on top of the other. An internal butt strap was used to ensure that the sections aligned correctly with each other, providing a tight fit that would reduce the likelihood of any movement of the casing sections.
At each end of the column casing, an inner collar was installed with a 6mm thick acoustic foam to minimise any potential wind generated reverberation. Cut outs were then made on site to allow for connection of the hall’s roof guttering, to rain water pipe work in the columns.
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