Lindapter Girder Clamps provided a solution for securing secondary steel to support heavy duty pipes.
Location: Cambridge, UK
Product: Type A Girder Clamps
Market: Building Services
Main Contractor: Skanska Mace JV
M&E Contractor: Fascel Group
AstraZeneca is a multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company with headquarters at Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The huge campus which is home to Addenbrooke’s hospital as well as many other research and development companies, has seen massive expansion over the last decade.
The latest new building to be constructed on the campus required a safe and secure method of connecting secondary steel to the main structural frame. This secondary steel would be at high level and support heavy-duty mechanical pipework and building services pipes around the building. Engineers also required the supports to be adjustable to allow for tolerances in the field.
Lindapter worked with David Smith Associates in Northampton to design a simple but effective connection detail using Lindapter Type A Girder Clamps. Small sections of Parallel Flange Channels connected to the main structural beams using Type A girder clamps in a two-bolt configuration. This provided the necessary tensile strength to support further secondary steel below and the pipes.
Installation was quick and easy as each bolt was simply inserted into predrilled holes in the steel channel sections with the Type A on one end and nut on the other. The adjustability of the girder clamps allowed the contractor to align the steel channel sections into the exact positions required. To complete the connection the recessed top of the clamp held the bolt captive while the nut was tightened with hand tools to the recommended tightening torque.
The Type A provided fast installation and avoided costly field drilling or welding. The adjustability of the girder clamps also gave the contractor flexibility to overcome any alignment issues in the field.
The girder clamps have independent technical accreditations, including the CE mark (ETA-13/0300), TÜV and Lloyd’s Register approvals. These accreditations verify the tensile load capacities that led to a safe installation.
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Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.
Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.
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Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.
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