A new build Coptic Orthodox Church in Solihull, West Midlands, has given us the opportunity to work on a striking public building with a distinctive architectural blend of ecclesiastical and contemporary styles. The Mary & Archangel Michael Cathedral is an ongoing project in which both D4S and our sister company, TDS, have been involved.
The D4S team was commissioned to design approximately 110 individual non-standard steel-to-steel connections, which included some complicated moment connections, together with the columns splices and all the steel-to-concrete connections. Working closely with TDS, the team modelled the main structure’s columns, beams, curved beams, purlins and horizontal and vertical bracings. They were also tasked with modelling the ledger angles and plates that support the concrete slab, and the columns and beams that support the pre-cast staircase.
One of the main strengths of the partnership between D4S and TDS is being able to offer a project combined solutions to increase productivity and reduce delivery times. As such, TDS modelled and D4S was responsible for the non-standard connections, and this greatly sped up the overall design and detailing process. Our collaborative approach also revealed a potential clash between the horizontal roof bracings and purlins, but together we were able to design a solution quickly and efficiently.
The church is still a work in progress, with funding sought for its completion, however, we’re sure it will serve as a great illustration of what can be achieved when everyone works together for a single goal.
Images: Michael Edwards Associates