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Centre for Getaway Girls, Leeds

Alcock Lees was proud to provide structural calculations for BBC DIY SOS 'Big Build' for Children in Need, which saw the creation of a new centre for Leeds-based women's charity Getaway Girls.

About the project

An army of volunteers joined Nick Knowles and his team to create the charity's new building in Seacroft, Leeds, in just nine day.

Alcock Lees was appointed to design the timber frame super structure for the new building, which would feature offices, a creche, activity spaces, counselling rooms, a music and media studio, and garden,

The building required a large clear span roof, which called for long prefabricated roof trusses to form the roof on one side, with large beams supporting the roof on the adjacent side.

The speed of the build made the project more challenging - especially because there were some last-minute changes required - but Alcock Lees' senior engineers were on hand with specialist advice to handle modifications efficiently and reliably.

The project was featured on a special episode of DIY SOS for Children in Need, which showed how volunteers and businesses rallied around to create a 'safe space' for those supported by Getaway Girls.

Samantha Toolsie, co-chair and trustee of Getaway Girls, said the new building was 'spectacular' and "would contribute massively to raising the aspirations of the young women and girls we work with".

To discuss how our engineers can provide structural calculations for a new build or project, call 01603 764 448 or visit our Timber Frame page.



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