Brinell Building

Todd Architects
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Located next to Brighton train station and surrounded by cafés, restaurants and shops, the Brinell Building will cover 65,000 sq ft and offer seven storeys of offices available for businesses to rent. The building will also feature roof terraces that face towards the seafront, providing tenants with envious views.

The award-winning architects in charge of the project have designed a sustainable building which can be used by both established and growing businesses. This has been achieved by incorporating flexible, clear floorplates of varying sizes, allowing businesses to be creative and adapt the space to suit their specific needs. Tenants will also benefit from the energy efficient systems that have been installed to minimise running costs, with an A rate EPC and an Excellent BREEAM rating.

The building will also offer cycle parking with changing facilities to encourage a healthy and active workforce. The building has been issued with a Cycle Heart Rating of 95%, and these facilities have been designed by specialists ‘Five at Heart’. The Brinell Building will provide a contemporary space for businesses to flourish, with the well-being of those who use the space at the core of the design.



TDS were tasked with modelling all of the steelwork that was needed for this project, as well as editing drawings for the full fabrication package. The scope of our work involved:

• Columns

• Beams

• Cellular Beams

• Posts

• Bracings

• Plant Screen

• Secondary brackets for brick work



With a tight timeframe to work within, our client entrusted TDS with this project due to our skills in BIM and Tekla which offer efficiency and adaptability. Working for new clients is always a learning curve, and having to adapt our methods to suit the needs of our client was a crucial aspect of this project.

The tight timeframe within which we had to complete the project and incorporate all new settings, procedures and requests was particularly challenging, but the impeccable cooperation between our team and our client’s team allowed the project to be split into several phases and delivered on time.

The sheer size of the construction also added further complications, and modelling the cellular beams was a particular challenge. These had to be modelled to our client’s demands, and the manufactured cellular beams had to be an appropriate length with holes accurately positioned so that they could be used for pipes, cables and other aspects of the building’s secondary equipment.

Our structural steelwork team are familiar with the challenges often faced in large-scale projects, and their extensive experience allowed them the adaptability needed for the success of this project. They were able to achieve efficient and precise results for a more sustainable building through detailed 3D-modelling with BIM and Tekla, which also allowed collaboration with the client.

TDS deal with all types of steel structure, from portal frame buildings, secondary steelwork and platforms, to walkways and structural steel staircases. We also provide full modelling and connections using both time and cost efficient programming methods. Contact us today to find out more about the outstanding services we offer.


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