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Ecojoists help get new Marie Curie Hospice build off the ground

25 Apr 12 Manufactured and supplied by Fencehouse Truss Company, Gang-Nail’s Ecojoists are now being used in the construction of the roof at the new Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Designed to better service patients currently treated at the nearby Warwick Road Hospice, the new Marsh Lane site will feature 24 single, en-suite patient bedrooms whilst providing more room for outpatients and day care services as a result.

To help ensure this is possible, Fencehouse Truss Company has manufactured and supplied Gang-Nail Ecojoists for use in the construction of the roof, helping to ensure enhanced stability whilst also speeding up the overall build. Steve Harris, Director at Fencehouse, said: “With the new hospice set to open early in 2013, it is important to ensure that the build programme stays on schedule. As a result, we have been able to quickly manufacture and supply the Ecojoists required for this project, in accordance with the existing plans, allowing installation to take place in a timely manner.”

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He continued: “To better accommodate the installation of the hospice’s new state of the art facilities, Ecojoists were the natural choice due to the ability to run lengths of cable and pipework ‘behind the scenes’, without causing disruption to other areas of the build further down the line – a point of significance considering the nature of the project.”

Comprising parallel stress graded timber flanges with galvanised steel ‘V’ shaped connector plates, Ecojoists provide an open web joist that can accommodate service pipes, wires and ducting through the recess without the need to cut or drill holes into the joist, which can impair its strength and constructional integrity. Due to the unique manufacturing process, Ecojoists are incredibly robust and can withstand very heavy loads, without the need for additional support, allowing for increasingly complex building designs.

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