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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 is being designed to provide world class scientific and research facilities with a stringent requirement to minimize vibrational effects when it is occupied and in use due to the very sensitive scientific equipment that will be installed.

PCE’s approach has embraced this – and by using BIM techniques has allowed 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. 

Deltabeam spine beams

The structural frame design adopted is generally precast columns with a combination of precast concrete edge beams and structural steel Deltabeam spine beams, supporting 300mm deep hollowcore planks and a 300mm reinforced insitu structural concrete topping.

The Architect for the Capella Laboratory is the Fairhursts Design Group.

The Capella project so far…

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

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 »