Supermarket group Morrisons needed to maximise car parking spaces at the confined site adjacent to their new 5,000m2 store less than 75 metres from the busy Five Ways roundabout in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Main contractor ISG appointed PCE to be responsible for the design, procurement and construction of the suspended first and second floor car park structure including ramps, parapet walls, lift and stair towers providing 330 car parking places adjacent to the new store.
PCE developed a design based on their GT floor system which uses precast pre-stressed concrete units up to 16 metres in length and 1.8 metres wide supported by a conventional precast concrete column and beam framework.
The GT units are only 400mm deep and contain lightweight formers at their core to reduce self-weight. The GT units are designed to be incorporated into the structure without the need for any structural concrete toppings, the top surface of the unit being finished in the factory to provide an anti slip finish, in this instance a diamond imprint pattern.