Case studies confirm considerable Hybrid advantages

Simon Harold, PCE’s  Business Development Director, was requested by the Concrete Centre to give a presentation on PCE Ltd’s approach to their Hybrid structural solution philosophy at an evening seminar held recently in Belgravia, London. 

Over 90 leading construction industry consultants and clients were in attendance and Mr Harold’s presentation showed how PCE using Hybrid Construction on three different projects – the award winning VW Showroom at Brentford, Capella Laboratory at Cambridge and Birmingham’s Paradise Circus development – resulted in project benefits.

Off-site concrete construction techniques together with BIMThe award-winning VW dealership in Brentford, west London, UK

The seven benefits of Hybrid construction

The case studies demonstrated how PCE’s Hybrid approach provides timescale, cost, safety and certainty benefits on construction projects.

  1. Speed of construction
  2. Prelim savings
  3. Reduced on site labour requirements
  4. Enhanced Health and Safety with H&S measures being incorporated into products manufactured offsite
  5. Better quality due to offsite manufacture
  6. Reduction in temporary works and deliveries to site
  7. Enhanced programme monitoring from initiation of design through to completion of works on site giving certainty of project delivery.

Main contractors the Kier Group, have benefited from the partnership with PCE Ltd
The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge nearing completion

Defining Hybrid Construction

The Concrete Centre defines hybrid concrete construction (HCC) as follows:-

“HCC is the combination of precast and in-situ concrete to form a quick, robust and safe form of construction that benefits from the advantages of both types of concrete construction.”

The seminar covered recent case studies where hybrid concrete construction has been used to benefit the client.

Paradise project showcases hybrid construction techniquesHybrid construction benefits being amply demonstrated by PCE at the ongoing Paradise Circus project in Birmingham.