Mayor, students and members of the community see benefits of offsite Hybrid construction

The Mayor of Kingston borough, Councillor Julie Pickering, paid her second visit to the site of Kingston University’s new “flagship education building”, just 10 months after her first – the ground breaking ceremony. She joined more than 220 other people who were keen to find out more during a special tour, according to a recent report on the Building Construction Design website.

The tour was organised by Kingston University and project main contractor Willmott Dixon. It was provided for a range of interested visitors, such as students, staff, those with an interest in construction and local residents, according to the article.

PCE Ltd worked with Willmott Dixon during the tender phase to develop an offsite fabricated hybrid solution for the concrete frame, the majority of which is exposed and requires a high standard of finish with architectural finished concrete being used for 175 external mullion and spandrel panels and over 300 beams and columns.

PCE are providing the concrete structure on a Design, Manufacture and Construct basis.

Offsite prefabricated precast concrete units erected by PCE LtdOffsite manufacture

Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, was quoted as describing the essentials of offsite construction.

“It is pre-cast, which means the entire concrete frame has been manufactured offsite and is being assembled piece-by-piece – making it like a giant 3D jigsaw, or Meccano set”.

Professor Colin Rhodes the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Culture and Public Engagement acknowledged the significance of the project, according to the article.

“Town House will lead the way for future education buildings by providing a new focal point for how the University engages with its local community…”

The new building when completed will act as the University’s front door and offer a warm welcome to everyone including students, staff, alumni, as well as the local community and visitors from further afield.

The majority of the suspended flooring is formed from 229 double tees weighing up to 18 tonnes with over 1,300 m2 of hollowcore flooring up to 500mm deep also being used.

Other precast unit quantities include 275 columns, 318 beams, 50 solid walls and 52 stair/lift core boxes.

‘A giant 3D jigsaw’ – hundreds of staff, students and local residents flock to Kingston University’s Town House site to see how the new flagship education building is shaping up »

Leaving the structural frame open to such close scrutiny means the surface finish needs to be absolutely spot on

Further information

Kingston University update 10 – last of 315 precast frame beams installed on level 6 »

Kingston University update 9 – cantilever support structure »

Kingston University update 8 – collaborative approach delivers Health, Safety and environmental benefits »

Kingston University update 7 – concept becoming reality »

Kingston University update 6 – level 2 vertical precast units and first steel atrium stairs installed »

Kingston University update 5 – precast concrete elements in auditorium »

Kingston University update 4 – Hybrid construction focus »

Kingston University Town House update 3 – 229 Double Tee units »

Kingston University Town House update 2 – first precast concrete elements erected »

Kingston University Town House project underway »