Mabey Hire Services has installed over 100t of specialist equipment to provide temporary support to the historic 1930s facades of Wigan Town Hall as part of the £217m Wigan Life Centre project.
The support system is built around Mabey’s 50t capacity Mass-50. It was chosen to provide the required stiffness in the restraint. Secondary equipment is Mabey’s Mass-25 system, which provides the walings and vertical propping elements.
Wigan Life Centre is being built under a joint venture between Morgan Sindall Investments and Hochtief PPP Solutions (UK) to deliver a leisure, health, learning and information complex on two sites. The project is part of a landmark 28-year PPP scheme for Wigan Council.
The south site of the Wigan Life Centre accommodates a healthy living zone, which includes a 25m public swimming pool, a fitness suite and health and social care facilities. The north site will accommodate an information and learning zone with three libraries, a public service one-stop shop, housing options centre and offices for voluntary agencies such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Mabey, which is working for contractor Morgan Ashurst, will remain on site until this autumn when a permanent support for the facades is installed.