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Build your own bomb shelter

MATERIALS Cutting Edge

WITH the daunting prospect of war in Iraq and the global threat of terrorism it would seem now is the perfect time to put up your own bomb shelter.

Steel giant Corus has launched a modular building that it claims offers unrivalled protection against terrorist attack.

Older readers may remember the Anderson shelters that sprouted up in back gardens during World War II, but things have moved on since then.

Corus's Surefast system is more than just protection against explosion. Its robust construction is a quick alternative for lift shafts and strong rooms.

Incorporating the company's Bi-Steel panel technology, a steel and concrete composite, this sacrificial formwork system consists of two steel face plates connected by a series of friction welded bars to leave a void between the plates.

These panels fit together to form the shape of the building and are then filled with structural concrete.

Individual panels have openings for windows, doors and ventilation and can be specified up to 2 m wide and 18 m long.

The panels are bolted to conventional foundations, each slotting into the previous panel.

The whole system is fast and effective according to Bi-Steel European commercial manager Dr Jurek Tolloczko.

He said: 'Buildings can be constructed in a matter of days, reducing both cost and health and safety risks.'