Designed and manufactured over 50 structural frames

Technical challenges included hanging supports from the roof structure

Design Processes in Line with BIM Stage 2

Project Brief

Our brief was to design and create multiple structural frames at a global pharmaceutical HQ.  The frames were vital to support both high and low grade, water pipework for air handling units.  Where possible, frames were suspended from the soffit to enable the floor to be left clear for coil replacement and other maintenance.


MIDFIX’s challenge was to propose a solution taking into account the building’s existing structure. Our specialist team undertook multiple site visits and used a Navisworks model for BIM collaboration to enable us to produce a design in fitting with the building.

We provided a design solution which took the pipework structure, fluid weight and clash checks into consideration for multiple areas of the building.  Framo Pipework supports were for pipes ranging from 15mm – 450mm, carrying hot and cold water, steam and medical gases.

After proposing the initial designs, the project was commissioned, assembled in our workshop and delivered to site for installation. To date, we have designed, pre-fabricated and delivered over 50 structural frames which have since been installed. All supports were validated by our stress analysis, calculations and reports. The project also put our specialist prefabrication/welding team to the test who only had 1-2 days to manufacture.

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