Offsite Hybrid techniques at The Avenue MSCP, Bracknell

Concrete Magazine’s cover story for November is an in-depth report featuring a comprehensive report on PCE Ltd’s recently completed project The Avenue MSCP, Bracknell.

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Known as the Lexicon, the town centre development has been undertaken by the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, a joint venture between Legal and General and Schroder UK Real Estate Fund along with Bracknell Forest Council to provide much needed extensive shopping, restaurant, entertainment and facilities to surpass the expectations of today’s public.

A significant part of the development of this next generation of shopping and leisure facilities is the multi storey car park, called the Avenue Car Park, that remains open 24 hours a day and provides 1,306 car parking spaces including specific spaces for disabled and electric car charging.

Offsite manufactured precast concrete elements being erected

Hybrid offsite construction

PCE worked in co-operation with MACE, developing a Hybrid design and build solution, principally using offsite engineered precast concrete components, to provide a solution for the 5 suspended level car park structure that would also incorporate an area of multi-level retail space at its front.

The use of 3 Dimensional BIM modelling techniques was critical during the tender period and following contract award enabling PCE to develop the car park element of the structure as an efficient precast hybrid concrete solution using their in house designed and developed long span GT flooring units.

The prestressed concrete GT units are designed to meet the required car park structural loading criteria without the need for the casting of any additional onsite reinforced structural concrete over their top surface which gives a significant reduction in onsite activities and associated disruption, enabling following trades to progress more rapidly.

PCE developed GT long span flooring unitsConcrete Magazine

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Precast concrete ramp designed and built by PCE LtdFurther information

Project overview »

Bracknell update 12 – approaching the cladding stage »

Bracknell update 11 – precast concrete unit number 3353 on site! »

Bracknell update 10 – last curved ramp beam is installed »

Bracknell update 9 – precast “making a complex structure easy” »

Bracknell update 8 – the advantages of offsite precast construction »

Bracknell update 7 – preparation for the car park ramp »

Bracknell update 6 – first ramp column goes in »

Bracknell update 5 – how offsite approach reduces town centre congestion »

Bracknell update 4 – PCE’s cranes help rapid progress »

Bracknell update 3 – car park and retail outlet build gathers momentum »

Bracknell update 2 – team safety award for PCE »

Bracknell update 1 – GT long span floor units »