St Wilfrid’s Hospice
Products used: Full Arch Lintel
Architect: TSP Architects
Contractor: Kier Construction
The St Wilfrid’s Hospice is of real importance to the local community. Kier Construction were appointed as the principal contractor for the new £16.2 million state of the art development which will help shape end of life care for the people of West Sussex for years to come.
TSP Architects designed the new Hospice to be warm and welcoming for patients and their families whilst allowing staff to deliver high quality care services. IG Lintels were approached by Kier Construction for the provision of single leaf lintels to suit the wall construction, universal arch formers enabling bricklayers to form natural arch brick details above window openings and a bespoke radius full arch lintel to span the impressive window above the main entrance to the stable centre.
IG’s team of engineers assessed the drawings for this purpose-built care facility and established a single leaf radius arch lintel was required to support the outer leaf masonry of the steel frame structure and to accommodate the bespoke window detail for the desired architectural feature.
IG’s technical team developed a full arch lintel to suit the impressive 3723mm opening with a rise of 1861mm, the design also incorporated a stiffener plate to ensure structural integrity of the arch once all loadings had been applied. The soldier course brick detail was built into the C-section of the lintel allowing the contractors on site to achieve a seamless brick surround to the exact radius of the lintel.
TSP Architects design resembles a farm with contemporary links to sit comfortably within its semi-rural context. The day hospice and administrative areas are a traditional “Sussex Barn”, the community services are in a “Granary”, the inpatients unit are “Stables” and ancillary services are in the “Hay Loft”.
“IG’s bespoke radius arch and universal arch formers enabled the bricklayers on site to create natural brick surrounds, but more importantly provided support across multiple openings.”
Site Manager at Kier Construction