Client: WAST Welsh Ambulance Service Trust
Architect: Lawray Architects
Main Contractor: John Weaver
Steelwork contractor: Hayes Engineering (fabrication and erection team)
System manufacturer: Tata Steel
Tata Steel products: Trisobuild® Seam façade in Colorcoat Prisma®, Pegasus
Installer: Euro Tech Roofing Ltd.
Year: Completed 2021
*All images courtesy of Euro Tech Roofing Ltd.
Reconfiguration of the old Ambulance Station at Pentwyn has been completed creating a new state-of-the-art Ambulance Station and ‘Make Ready Depot’ for the Welsh Ambulance Station NHS Trust.
Following structural alterations to Block A and Block B buildings on the existing site, the conversion has transformed the old Merton Road Ambulance Station into a modern streamlined facility where dedicated Fleet Assistants will carry out essential cleaning and restocking of ambulances when non-operational – speeding up turnaround time that will improve the service
The new facilities will provide an essential service for the Welsh community in Pentwyn and has been made possible using steel manufactured in Shotton North Wales.
The original Merton Road Ambulance Station was built in 1963 and had undergone a refurbishment back in 2012. In need of further reconfiguration and refurbishment, both internally and externally, the latest conversion work carried out during 2020/2021 have transformed the Ambulance Station into a modern base for emergency and non-emergency crews.
Following modifications to the structural steelwork of the existing portal frames, and the provision of secondary steelwork to facilitate a new external cladding solution, the existing 2.5-storey steel framed buildings have been upgraded with a contemporary look and feel.
Tata Steel’s leading steel standing seam wall cladding system played a pivotal role in providing a modern aesthetic to the structure with the façade built using Trisobuild® Seam manufactured in Colorcoat Prisma®, colour Pegasus.
Gordon Crichton, Business Development Manager for Tata Steel’s Colorcoat Urban said:
“We’ve used our Urban Seam® profiles within the residential market for many years and saw the huge benefits that its use could offer to the infrastructure market. Trisobuild® Seam provides the same properties as our Urban Seam® profile and at the same time provides a great looking revitalisation aesthetic appeal to this reconfigured Ambulance Station that is now serving the Welsh community.”
Around 600 square metres of material was used to provide the striking façade of both buildings, Block A and Block B. The wall cladding on both buildings was manufactured using Colorcoat Prisma® in Pegasus colour, that works well alongside the classic red brick buildings. This is further accentuated with the window frame surrounds again in Colorcoat Prisma® but in a contrasting Anthracite colour.
Euro Tech Roofing Ltd installed Tata Steel’s cladding solution. Kerry Taylor, Director at Euro Tech said: “Euro Tech have installed Tata Steel products previously and this job went exceptionally well. The beauty of the Trisobuild® Seam is that it is straightforward, easy and consistent to install. The main panels were laid vertically with window surrounds in a co-ordinating colour that lifts and accentuates what has proved to be a great looking feature atrium and focal point at the Ambulance Station”.
Building Systems UK Technical Team - Building Envelope