Capella Laboratory, Cambridge updates

The building was designed to provide world class scientific and research facilities with a stringent requirement to minimise vibrational effects when occupied and in use, due to the very sensitive scientific equipment that is being installed.

  • PCEs Capella project building had a stringent requirement to minimise vibrational effects
  • The building was designed to provide world class scientific and research facilities
  • PCE delivered the 7 suspended floors of the structure totalling approximately 17000m2
  • The lift shaft and stair cores were used to provide the frames structural stability

How University of Exeter and PCE met “stringent” vibration control requirements

January 14th, 2019|Comments Off on How University of Exeter and PCE met “stringent” vibration control requirements

Vibration serviceability not compromised despite constricted site space A highly successful collaboration between the Vibration Engineering Section (VES) of the University of Exeter and PCE Ltd enabled stringent vibration control requirements to be met, according [...]

  • Combination of effective BIM implementation and the utilisation of offsite manufactured precast components
  • Two-storey factory pre-glazed cladding panels designed and installed by PCE
  • 4,135 precast concrete components, 400 Deltabeams, 4,035m³ of reinforced structural concrete and 250 structural steel units

Hybrid techniques provide “shining example of modern concrete construction”

May 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Hybrid techniques provide “shining example of modern concrete construction”

Offsite Hybrid "kit of parts" approach provides considerable customer and environmental benefits Despite the complexities of the Capella project in Cambridge, a combination of effective BIM implementation and the utilisation of offsite manufactured precast components [...]

  • The building was designed to provide world class scientific and research facilities
  • PCEs Capella project building had a stringent requirement to minimise vibrational effects

“Winner of winners” recognition for PCE’s offsite engineered laboratory project

April 30th, 2018|Comments Off on “Winner of winners” recognition for PCE’s offsite engineered laboratory project

Offsite engineered concrete construction methods successfully address "significant" site challenges PCE Ltd was recently acclaimed as recipients of the Offsite Construction Awards Winner of winners award - beating over 200 other "pioneering projects" and "innovative products", according to [...]

  • PCEs fast erection programmed is much shorter than other suitable structural frame solutions would have allowed

PCE awards for offsite hybrid construction project in UK

March 12th, 2018|Comments Off on PCE awards for offsite hybrid construction project in UK

Best practice in offsite construction The annual Offsite Construction Awards, "are a platform to showcase innovation, celebrate best practice and recognise overall expertise in offsite construction." The prestigious ‘Winner of Winners’ Award (being received by PCE's [...]

  • Capella has a stringent requirement to minimize vibrational effects
  • PCE’s detailed approach to developing smarter hybrid structural solutions
  • PCEs fast erection programmed is much shorter than other suitable structural frame solutions would have allowed
  • PCE delivered the 7 suspended floors of the structure totalling approximately 17000m2
  • Capella was built using two cranes on a confined site with a relatively small footprint

2 Offsite Awards for PCE’s contribution to Capella project in Cambridge

March 7th, 2018|Comments Off on 2 Offsite Awards for PCE’s contribution to Capella project in Cambridge

PCE named double winners working in partnership with Kier PCE Ltd has achieved success at the recent Offsite Awards in London for its work in partnership with Kier on the prestigious Capella Project. PCE were [...]

  • The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is on the verge of completion
  • The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is being constructed by PCE Ltd
  • The Architect for the Capella Laboratory is the Fairhursts Design Group
  • PCE Ltd precast hybrid construction at Capella, Cambridge
  • PCE Ltd installing offsite constructed panels at Capella

PCE assist Kier to win Construction News Award

July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on PCE assist Kier to win Construction News Award

Project described as “a template for the future of our industry” PCE Ltd are delighted that their involvement with Kier on the Capella Laboratory project in Cambridge has resulted in the Main Contractor being awarded the prestigious [...]

  • The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is on the verge of completion
  • Main contractors the Kier Group, have benefited from the partnership with PCE Ltd
  • The structure was built using two cranes on a confined site
  • PCE delivered the seven suspended floors of the structure
  • PCE have enabled the integration of an extremely complex services strategy

Capella update 16 – small site footprint doesn’t delay completion

February 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Capella update 16 – small site footprint doesn’t delay completion

Hybrid precast construction benefits for Kier The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is on the verge of completion. Main contractors the Kier Group, have benefited from the partnership with PCE Ltd, whose hybrid construction techniques have enable the [...]

  • The structural frame design adopted is generally precast columns
  • precast concrete edge beams and structural steel Deltabeam spine beams
  • The Architect for the Capella Laboratory is the Fairhursts Design Group
  • The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is being constructed by PCE Ltd

Capella update 15 – integration of precast façade

January 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Capella update 15 – integration of precast façade

Complex services strategy pays dividends The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is being constructed by PCE Ltd using two cranes on a confined site - with a relatively small footprint between two existing and in-use facilities.  The building [...]

  • Offsite manufactured glazing panels
  • Hybrid frame basis for offsite construction
  • External pre glazed cladding being installed by PCE
  • 10 metre high panels being installed onto hybrid frame
  • PCE Ltd installing offsite constructed panels at Capella
  • PCE Ltd precast hybrid construction at Capella, Cambridge

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

January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 [...]

  • Delta beam spine beams have been used in the construction
  • Capella in Cambridge showcasing precast concrete advantages
  • PCE are delivering the offsite manufactured structure
  • The eternal glazing panels will be installed at a rate of 300m² per day
  • The final precast concrete column has been erected by PCE

Capella update 13 – final precast concrete columns installed

November 21st, 2016|Comments Off on 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 [...]

  • Large multi-storey laboratory building called Capella
  • Volumetric concrete boxes at the core of the structure built by PCE.jpg
  • Offsite factory production of the stair and lift shaft boxes
  • Precast hybrid construction by PCE Ltd

Capella update 12 – 5th floor construction

November 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 12 – 5th floor construction

Capella in Cambridge showcasing precast concrete advantages The finished building has an uncompromising requirement to minimise vibrational effects when it is occupied and in use because of the very sensitive nature of the scientific equipment that will [...]

  • Capella Laboratory in Cambridge by PCE Ltd
  • The benefits of PCE's offsite hybrid construction techniques demonstrated
  • Precast concrete - Hollowcore is now progressing to level four

Precast concrete construction – this is what can be achieved in 105 days!

October 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Precast concrete construction – this is what can be achieved in 105 days!

The benefits of PCE's offsite hybrid construction techniques demonstrated The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge, being constructed by PCE Ltd in conjunction with consulting engineers Arup and main contractor the Kier Group is progressing rapidly. PCE are delivering the seven suspended floors of [...]

  • Precast concrete designed and erected by PCE
  • Example of PCE Ltd's hybrid construction techniques
  • Hybrid construction techniques provide time and cost savings
  • Structural frame of Capella building in Cambrige by PCE Ltd

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

October 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 10 – overcoming the problems of a small site footprint

Construction with 2 cranes on a confined site progressing well Construction of the Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is progressing rapidly as a result of the adoption of PCE Ltd's fast erection programme, which is much shorter than [...]

  • Precast concrete ground floor slab structural topping
  • PCE Ltd precast concrete hybrid construction in Cambridge
  • Capella - precast concrete construction by PCE Ltd

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

September 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 9 – 126m3 concrete poured on ground floor topping

Ground floor slab structural topping The first floor pour of the ground floor structural topping has been completed - with the addition of an impressive 126m³ of concrete being added. The building is being designed [...]

  • Capella Laboratory Cambridge demonstrates the advantages of hybrid precast construction
  • Capella update the benefits of hybrid precast construction
  • Fast erection programmed is shortened by offsite precast
  • PCE will deliver the 7 suspended floors of the structure

Capella update 8 – the benefits of hybrid precast construction

August 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 8 – the benefits of hybrid precast construction

Certainty, scale and flexibility advantages The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is in the process of being constructed in conjunction with consulting engineers Arup and main contractor the Kier Group. The structure will be built using [...]

  • Precast concrete by PCE - solid core walls added at north end
  • Capella, Cambridge PCE offsite manufactured precast concrete
  • Offsite manufactured precast concrete in Cambridge
  • Precast concrete pillars in Cambridge

Capella update 7 – solid core walls added at north end

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 7 – solid core walls added at north end

1st to 2nd level structure well underway The Capella laboratory project is now progressing rapidly in Cambridge with offsite manufactured solid core walls being added to the north end of the site. PCE Ltd are working with [...]

  • PCE's hybrid construction project Capella in Cambridge
  • Precast concrete columns on site Capella1
  • PCE LTD precast hybrid construction Capella2
  • Offsite precast concrete beams in Cambridge Capella3
  • Precast columns for hybrid construction in Cambridge
  • BIM techniques for hybrid precast construction

Capella update 6 – hybrid construction project takes shape

August 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 6 – hybrid construction project takes shape

Precast columns for multi-storey laboratory building Latest: 1st to 2nd level structure progressing The Capella building in Cambridge is being designed to provide world class scientific and research facilities with a stringent requirement to minimize vibrational effects [...]

  • Capella Cambridge offsite construction
  • Delta beams delivered to Capella by PCE Ltd
  • PCE Ltd hybrid precast construction in Cambridge
  • Offsite manufactured elements delivered by PCE Ltd

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

June 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 5 – 250m³ of concrete into the retaining walls

Mechanical plant lifted into position Rapid progress onsite as PCE Ltd pump over 250m³ of concrete into the retaining walls of the Capella building in Cambridge - a building that has been designed to provide world class [...]

  • Fast offsite construction programme by PCE at Capella
  • Precast hybrid construction by PCE Ltd at Capella in Cambridge

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

June 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 4 – offsite construction demonstrates what can be achieved in a week

Photos prove the speed benefits of offsite precast components The latest images from the Capella Laboratory, Cambridge show how much has been achieved on the site of what will be a world class scientific and research facility - [...]

  • Waterproof Basement wall construction by PCE Ltd showing precast concrete elements

Capella update 3 – waterproof basement wall construction

June 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Capella update 3 – waterproof basement wall construction

Precast concrete walls arriving onsite The Capella, Cambridge project is progressing rapidly as precast components are arriving and being installed. Precast component production began earlier in the year, ensuring a rapid project delivery. PCE Ltd [...]

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