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Capella update 14 – 120m2 external pre glazed cladding per day per crane

10 metre high panels being installed onto hybrid frame

The benefits of hybrid construction are being showcased on site in Cambridge as the first offsite constructed external pre-glazed panels arrive at the Capella site. 

The facility is being constructed by PCE Ltd to provide world class scientific and research facilities and features the integration of an extremely complex services strategy.

The offsite constructed panels, each measuring 10m x 3m are being turned onsite prior to being installed onto PCE’s hybrid frame. PCE recently successfully completed a series of rigorous trials to establish the viability of turning nine tonne pre-glazed concrete architectural units from the transported and offloaded horizontal position to a vertical aspect for onsite construction.

The external pre-glazed cladding is being installed at the rate of 120m² per day per crane

The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is in the process of being constructed in conjunction with consulting engineers Arup and main contractor the Kier Group.

Successful trial of onsite turning of architectural units


The Capella project so far…

Capella update 13 – final precast concrete columns installed »

Capella update 12 – 5th floor construction »

Capella update 11 – this is what can be achieved in 105 days! »

Capella update 10 – overcoming the problems of a small site footprint »

Capella update 9 – 126m³ concrete poured on ground floor topping »

Capella update 8 – the benefits of hybrid precast construction »

Capella update 7 – solid core walls added at north end »

Capella update 6 – hybrid construction project takes shape »

Capella update 5 –250m³ of concrete into the retaining walls »

Capella update 4 – offsite construction demonstrates what can be achieved in a week »

Capella update 3 – waterproof basement wall construction »

Capella update 2 – first precast wall panel – only 4,134 units to go! »

Capella update 1 – Kier choose PCE as superstructure construction partner »

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