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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 project to be completed on time and to budget.

The structure was built using two cranes on a confined site with a relatively small footprint between two existing facilities that were in use throughout the construction phase.

PCE delivered the seven suspended floors of the structure (totalling approximately 17,000m²), including the suspended ground floor to Level 6, as well as erecting the 5.0m deep basement walls and external envelope, in the eight months allocated to the project.

Minimising vibrational effects

The finished building will have an uncompromising requirement for the minimisation of vibrational effects when it is occupied and in use, because of the very sensitive nature of the scientific equipment that will shortly be installed.

PCE’s approach has embraced this and, with effective implementations of 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 facade solution with pre-installed glazing.

Facilitating high level research

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus website hails the exciting potential of the new facility.

“The emerging design will provide facilities for leaders in their field of research and provide the benefit of potential collaboration with scientists of equal standing: In this way Project Capella will not only facilitate high level research but also stimulate the exchange of new ideas and help develop new alliances.”

The Capella project so far…

Capella update 15 – integration of precast façade »

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 »