Supplied by Aber Roof Truss Limited for Rowlinson Construction Limited of Stockport, this £15m development in Gorton, Manchester, provided 106 sustainable new homes designed for people aged 55 and over, providing them with round the clock support, comfortable and quality living with environmentally friendly solutions throughout the project.  Aber designed, manufactured and supplied well over 1000 trussed rafters and spandrel panels for the project.

We spoke to Dave Hopkins Jr, Director at Aber Roof Trusses, about his experience of using MiTek’s PAMIR design software on such a large project: 

“Even on a roof of this size, with a vast number of components, there was no discernable lag or drop in performance and the software worked crisp and cleanly. From within a single design we created multiple detailed drawings with minimal effort , dividing two blocks up into twelve A1 sized output drawings using Viewports. Any amendments we later applied to the design updated these viewports automatically.” 

And it wasn’t just the roof trusses that were designed in PAMIR: 

We designed and manufactured trusses, party wall spandrel panels and gable spandrels. The combined span of the roof trusses totalled 17 metres producing a ridge exceeding 6 metres in height, running throughout two main blocks, each block over 70 metres in length. This required a colossal effort in orchestrating design, manufacture and delivery of frames this size. 

Aber made the decision to switch to MiTek for plate and web supply in 2019, after being impressed with the software and service MiTek had to offer. Dave commented that “since moving across to MiTek, we’ve been really very impressed with the software and MiTek in general. The cohesion across the software, the reliability and stability, the performance and the power under our finger tips to explore properties and manipulate the software with ease, particularly on the more challenging designs makes working on this type of project far easier than with other software.”  

To see an interactive 3D model of one of the blocks please click here.

Well done to Dave and the team at Aber on the completion of another successful project. If you have a project you’d like us to showcase please get in touch with Tim Garner.