Welsh International Convention Centre

The Welsh International Convention Centre (WICC) will be a state-of-the-art auditorium with fixed seating for 1500 delegates, with an atrium providing a 4000 sqm column free main hall. In addition, networking spaces and 2500 sqm of plaza space for outdoor exhibitors are being constructed over a multi storey car park.

The objective of the project was to find a substructure solution that not only provided significant economic benefits but also help simplify complex site logistics.

Given the footprint of the building there was extensive piling and although this was a viable technique it was deemed too costly and time consuming for construction. The solution was also hindered by site constraints.

During the tendering process EDGE highlighted that although the ground was not suitable for a traditional RC raft it could be possible to change the piled solution into a post-tensioned raft.

The savings generated from the proposal not only saved costs in the substructure itself but also reduced the volume of reduced level dig and the speed of construction.

This rare form of construction in the UK proved to be at the forefront of innovation and design for a substructure solution, demonstrating significant value economically and environmentally in comparison to more commonly adopted methods.

Speaker:  Jonathan Shaw
Jonathan is currently the Managing Director of EDGE Consulting Engineers UK office based in Manchester. Jonathan set up EDGE UK in 2012 after moving back from the Middle East, where he was acting as General Manager for the region.

Event Information

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date



Lecture Theatre F14, The Renold Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M1 7JR

Jonathan Shaw

Event Association
EDGE Consulting Engineers

Event Contact Email

Additional Information
Refreshments served before the meeting are on a 'first come, first served' basis and will be located outside the lecture theatre

Please register here

Regional Group
Lancashire and Cheshire

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