Project Description

Birmingham East Side Locks


Three hundred tonnes of precast units erected per day comprising of precast concrete crosswalls, solid floor units and load bearing architectural sandwich façade panels and other units up to 17 storeys in height.


PCE mobilised a  thirty five person strong team within two weeks of receiving notification from the Main Contractor following the administration of the initial specialist contractor.


PCE’s in house quality control procedures improved the structure already erected and ensured original project specifications were exceeded.


All works completed within six months of appointment. Close coordination with following fit out contractors minimised potential programme slippage for the 659 bedroom development caused by original specialist structural frame contractor’s insolvency.

High rise offsite construction of student accommodation

PCE Ltd was approached by main contractor Sisk to complete the Birmingham East Side Locks student accommodation development, following the administration of the original specialist frame contractor.

PCE mobilised a 35 man strong team within two weeks and initially working with three erection crews and crawler cranes, began erecting three hundred tonnes of precast concrete units per day, including architectural finished units, for this stunning high rise development.

300 tonnes of precast concrete units per day were erected by PCE Ltd300 tonnes of precast units a day were erected by PCE

The Birmingham East Side Locks development was the latest in a line of student accommodation projects carried out by PCE.

On-site construction was carried out by PCE to the highest quality that can be achieved, together with savings in programme periods and enhanced environmental benefits.

Despite rapid progress, site safety, as always with PCE, is of the highest priority.

Precast concrete architectural finished units being installed in Birmingham

Main Contractor: Sisk

Sisk case study

“The works comprise the construction of a 23,519 sqm building in three blocks to provide 659 student accommodation bedrooms along with communal facilities.  There is also provision for retail and business starter units on the lower ground floor.

“Blocks A and B are 8 storeys tall whilst Block C extends to 17 floors.  The building is of a precast concrete construction above ground floor level complete with external ‘sandwich’ panels of an acid etched external finish. The roofs are flat and of an inverted construction with brown roofs and external terraces to lower roof areas.

“The project is to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ and is heated via a dry system.”

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