Boom Construction commissioned LSJ Engineering to create a new build for Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2018.
- Client: Boom Construction
- Structural detail by: Mark Ebbs
- Job Duration: February 2018-September 2018
We were asked to design, supply and fit an unusual structure for a charity-funded garden at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The structure was formed by steel plate ‘wings’ supported on columns but also restrained by torsion rods. These wings were clad with timber and had window support frames suspended from the ends. This created the illusion of a floating structure. The design process was quite complicated, but thanks to our state-of-the-art drawing software, we were able to model the structure and have the sections CNC laser cut for accuracy.
The sections were welded together at our headquarters in Shoeburyness, Essex, then transported to Buckinghamshire. We had to make bespoke transportation frames because of the sections’ unusual shape! Due to the difficulty of accessing the work area, we erected the frame using a Spiering mobile tower crane from City Lifting, and used temporary supports to prop the structure up until the torsion rods could be installed and tightened.
It was a complex job, but the finished building is fantastic, and so is the garden! You can view ITV Merdian’s film about the finished Horatio’s Garden here. What do you think of our work?