Abacus takes Design Challenge in its stride
Abacus has recently completed the contract to design and install a walkway at the brand new York College development. The new facility, on the South Western gateway to the City is one of the biggest building projects of its kind in the country and aims to bring social and economic benefits to York, providing a massive boost to further and higher education in the region.
Abacus have drawn on their specialist expertise to provide a fully bespoke solution, overcoming difficult site conditions including high volumes of construction traffic, strict health & safety policies and an onerous timescale. In partnership with Balfour Beatty, they tackled these difficulties and complete the installation in only ten days!
Abacus’ Dean Hargreaves commented: "Working alongside Balfour Beatty and Yorkon, we were able to erect the walkway on time and to the highest of standards. By deploying our professional installation team, we were able to combine a specialist service with a product designed and manufactured to satisfy the high expectations of a prestigious £60m construction project."
The 21.6m long L-shaped walkway, which protects the pathway to the main entrance forming a sun-shaded courtyard, incorporates a French manufactured "Euroslot" stainless steel sunshade and is finished with a powder coat.
The new York College has opened its doors to some 13,000 learners who will go on to enjoy the new state-of-the-art facilities. The college will continue to offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications at all levels, as well as working alongside local educational providers and businesses.
And it’s not just York College that’s benefiting from Abacus’ expertise in the education sector. Abacus’ unique Telescopic Masts have recently been installed at Queen’s College in Taunton. The masts system was pivotal in Abacus gaining the order as they were an essential condition of the planning consent to ensure there would be no blot on the picturesque views of the Somerset Downs. The new Telescopic range reduces daytime intrusion for local residents and, when used in conjunction with the Challenger 1 floodlight, offers the lowest light pollution system available.