PCE Ltd were recently announced as winners of the "Project" category at the MPA British Precast Best Practice Awards.
MPA British Precast state that:
"Precast concrete products are used for a wide range of applications in our built environment. This award showcases projects that deliver on aesthetics, functionality, innovation, workmanship, cost-effectiveness and demonstrates the inherent benefits and properties of precast concrete."
The award video includes a commentary.
The VW showroom in Brentford, West London, UK is a 15,468m2 structure which forms the new flagship Volkswagen sales and service centre in the UK. It is a suspended four-storey facility with a service centre at ground floor, showroom at first and second floors, offices, as well as 7300m² of car parking over four suspended levels. The project was constructed within an 18 week on-site programme, giving a 14 week saving over an in-situ concrete solution.
The structure was erected using an LR1130 and an LR1160 crawler crane, part of the crane fleet owned by PCE. The use of 3D modelling during the design process assisted in ensuring that the potential clash of structure with M&E services was avoided, as well as helping to determine the accuracy of connections and developing logistics and erection programmes.
Nickie Brown, managing director of PCE Ltd:
“This project is an example of what can be achieved using off-site concrete construction techniques together with BIM and experienced trained personnel.”
Images courtesy of MPA British Precast.