Project Description

University of Warwick Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (IBRB) Building


Just 13 months from initiating design required to achieve structural completion, including the offsite manufacture of over 1,400 precast concrete and structural steel components and their on-site assembly. This achieved despite the Covid pandemic.


In total over 23,000 hours of accident-free working on site by only 18 multi-skilled site operatives proved the safety systems priority incorporated by PCE during design, manufacture, and construction stages.


The PCE team ensured the University of Warwick’s target of 50% of project value being constructed from premanufactured offsite components was met, including reducing on-site waste and vehicle delivery movements whilst increasing efficiency. Best Use of Concrete Award winner Offsite Awards 2021.


High visual architectural finish requirements achieved. A national Quality Audit carried out by Willmot Dixon including inspection of the manufacturing and construction quality systems used by PCE resulted in achievement of a score of 98.3%.

Location: Warwick, UK
Client: University of Warwick
Architect: Hawkins Brown
Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
Cost Consultants: MACE
Consultant Engineers: Peter Brett Associates
Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd

The benefits of HybriDfMA Frame System construction:

Over 1,400 off-site manufactured structural components assembled in just 24 weeks meeting the clients high visual architectural requirements, and off-site manufacture aspirations.

Efficiencies in the design process and final assembled solution obtained by use of PCE’s HybriDfMA approach of using off-site manufactured precast concrete and structural steel components together with onsite insitu reinforced concrete reduced the initial expected total concrete usage for the project by over 850 tonnes.

This provided a significant reduction of over 100 delivery vehicle movements to site during the structure’s assembly phase and minimised the structures embodied carbon content.