Capella update 10 – overcoming the problems of a small site footprint

Construction with 2 cranes on a confined site progressing well

Construction of the Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is progressing rapidly as a result of the adoption of PCE Ltd's fast erection programme, which is much shorter than would otherwise have been possible.


PCE’s detailed approach to developing smarter hybrid structural solutions provides many benefits when compared to other suitable structural frame solutions. Volumetric concrete box modules were utilised at the start of the erection process, giving a significant time saving and providing safe access and egress to those on site to the buildings floors as they are erected. And, significantly, the disruption to other users of the Addenbrookes site has been greatly reduced as a result.

Hybrid construction projects

PCE have an established track record of working with the Kier Group on such large scale projects, from developing the superstructure design during the tender processes through to successful completion on site of complex hybrid projects. In this case, following initial contact from Kier, a hybrid solution was conceptualised and commitment was received by PCE to start finalising the design. Then began the casting of precast components, with erection of the laboratory building commencing a few weeks later.

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