Digital expertise combined with offsite construction

The last offsite engineered structural precast unit has been successfully erected on the twenty three storey high tower block, one block of four that comprise the Dandara high rise Chapel Wharf residential development in Salford which will provide 995 rental apartments.

PCE Ltd has worked closely with Main Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine from the start of the tender process to the completion of the four structures developing and executing their HybriDfMA Offsite Design and Build solution to provide a high quality of construction with a fast onsite construction period of only 90 weeks and maintaining exemplarily standards of Health and Safety.

The 30 people PCE onsite team often topped the SRM’s Health and Safety Leader Board and were also awarded many Quality and Safety Awards.

At the Topping Out ceremony Nickie Brown, Managing Director of PCE congratulated his team on their efforts as well as Sir Robert McAlpine and the other participant companies involved for the excellent team working that ensured the projects success. Nickie Brown also commented

“…this project clearly demonstrates how our HybriDfMA Living Systems approach, embracing and maximising our Digital expertise and Offsite Construction processes provides certainty of construction with embedded Quality”.

Based on precast concrete cross wall construction techniques with precast architectural sandwich panels and balcony units which were preglazed offsite enabled construction without any external scaffolding and as the towers progressed fit out could commence just 3 floors below.

The Dandara high rise Chapel Wharf residential development in Salford
The Dandara high rise Chapel Wharf residential development in Salford

PCE’s collaborative approach

Rohan Evans, Sir Robert McAlpine’s Project Director for the Salford Chapel Wharf project said:

“Throughout the Salford, Chapel Wharf project PCE have always been seen as a professional team of highly skilled individuals.

“Their personnel in the field always go about their work in a diligent manner, that is safe and without compromise. The management team both on and off site have a can-do aptitude in design, manufacturing and construction stages. The site team had a truly collaborative approach with both SRM and other sub-contractors to ensure the logistics, lifting, offloading and placement of products was done in a well-considered way that minimised disruption to others.

The PCE Construction team at Chapel WharfThe PCE Team at Chapel Wharf

“PCE are a team that are proactive in their approach to safety and that everyone goes home safely. Not only this, but their maturity and commitment shone through by showing great leadership when participating on the Project Safety Leadership Team. This commitment is clearly evident with PCE winning the monthly SHEQ award on multiple occasions not only for safety but their approach to the Environment and Quality.

“The management team, supervisors and operatives should be extremely proud in what they have achieved by topping out the final buildings on time and without incident.

“SRM and I look forward to working with PCE in the very near future and making a success of the next project.”

PCE at the top of the construction site safety board at Chapel Wharf
The 30 people PCE onsite team often topped the SRM’s Health and Safety Leader Board


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