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Capella update 13 – final precast concrete columns installed

External glazed panels to follow next

The last precast column has been erected on site at Capella, Cambridge, with the project still running on time. 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.

This includes the pre-installation of the main services routes and package plant along with the integration of a precast façade solution with pre-installed glazing.

The eternal glazing panels will arrive on site next and be installed at a rate of 300m² per day.

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

Delta Beam

The structural frame design adopted, in general terms, consist of precast columns with a combination of precast concrete edge beams and structural steel Delta Beam spine beams, supporting 300mm deep hollowcore planks and a 300mm reinforced insitu structural concrete topping.


The Capella project so far…

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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