FP McCann’s Precast Concrete Structural, Architectural and Flooring Divisions Reaching Heights

FP McCann’s structural precast concrete buildings, architectural facades and precast flooring  divisions are becoming increasingly visible across the UK’s skyline. Notable residential buildings, student living and hotel room projects are specifying FP McCann’s modular and semi-modular precast concrete structural and architectural supply and install packages which deliver significant benefits and efficiencies compared with traditional methods of build.

Three on-going projects in Birmingham, Manchester and Northampton are currently demonstrating the installed qualities of FP McCann’s structural precast concrete systems, including the decorative architectural external finishes the company can offer.

In Birmingham, a brand new £26 million 16 storey, 206 unit residential building called the Lansdowne is being constructed, a joint venture residential development between property investment group Seven Capital and real estate manager Long Harbour.  Working in close partnership with main contractor Interserve, the FP McCann team have nearly completed the supply and fit phase.

In total, some 2,000 individual precast units have been installed by the FP McCann specialist contracting team to form the semi-modular precast structural frame, floors and decorative cladding envelope. The supporting structure of the building comprises external and internal precast concrete walls and precast concrete columns and beams; this in turn supports the steel framework for the fixing of the 200mm thick precast hollowcore floor planks supplied from the FP McCann’s Weston Underwood production facility near Derby.

The 410mm thick external walls are of an insulated ‘sandwich’ construction with the outer 80mm thick facade being of a detailed buff brick design. The facade panels have been manufactured at FP McCann’s brand new state-of-the-art architectural precast facility in Byley, Cheshire and have been designed to accommodate two-storey high windows, a unique feature of the Lansdowne building.

FP McCann is on schedule to complete its involvement in the Lansdowne project this month and it will open its doors to residents in 2019.

In Manchester’s fast developing Northern Quarter, a fully modular precast concrete four star hotel project is well underway for client AC Marriot.  The 9 storey, 172 room hotel costing £15.5 million is being built by Greater Manchester based Bardsley Construction in partnership with FP McCann, after the company successfully tendered for and submitted the complete design package of precast concrete structural and architectural facade materials required for the build.

The precast structural frame is due to be completed in March this year and includes 250 solid floor slabs, 300 cross-walls and 251 brick-faced facade panels. Also included in the build are precast lift cores, stairs and landings.

To date, the FP McCann contracting team have been erecting an entire floor every 2 weeks, and have completed works to the 8th floor, including the decorative facade cladding to the ground level podium slab and columns. With limited space on site, the precast units are delivered on a just-in time basis from FP McCann’s Byley depot, offloaded and fixed into position.  The single handling operation ensures that the components are installed with minimal risk of damage.

The light grey brick feature on the facade panels match the architects exacting specification and have been designed to accommodate the pre-installed 0.15 U value windows fitted at FP McCann’s Byley depot prior to delivery.

FP McCann’s modular and semi-modular precast concrete structural and architectural building solutions demonstrate a number of significant advantages compared with practices associated with traditional high-rise construction. Speed of construction, minimising waste and the ability to work in all weather conditions are all major benefits. Additionally, the sandwich panel external facade system removes the need for scaffolding, thereby minimising the health and safety risk factors associated with people working at height.

The Senate Building at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside development is the first of five new buildings to be ‘topped out’ as part of the BREEAM Very Good rated £330 million 58 acre student campus scheduled to open in September 2018. The new site will cater for 14,000 students and 2,000 staff. Bowmer and Kirkland is the main contractor undertaking the work.

As part of the main structural steel build headed up by Grantham based Shipley Structures, FP McCann secured the contract to supply and install 200mm deep hollowcore flooring and lift shaft lids to the Senate Building.  The design and build package was undertaken by the FP McCann in-house team based at Weston Underwood. Hollowcore floor spans ranging from 1.0 metre to 7.25 metres and totalling 3,800m² were installed on the four storey building over a 3 month period, phased in by Shipley Structures.

The hollowcore panels and lift shaft lids were supplied and fitted to the design specification and to the highest standard. With little extra preparation, the finishing contractors were able to apply paint and vinyl surfaces to the flooring surfaces.

The hollowcore system has a fire rating of 1 hour and, as part of the overall elements contained within each floor, the thermal resistance of the 200mm deep hollowcore units represent 0.167m² k/w.

FP McCann has recently gained a BSI accreditation under PAS 1192-2:2013 in respect of “Information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling” (BIM). The Company is now certified as a Tier 2 contractor, including the design, manufacture and installation of precast concrete product solutions complying with BIM Level 2 in accordance with PAS 1192-2:2013, BS 1192:2007 and BS 1192-4:2014.

The BSI Verification Certificate for Design and Construction proves FP McCann’s capabilities to not only deliver BIM projects via the software tools and skills needed on a BIM Level 2 project, but it also demonstrates that FP McCann’s management systems and QA procedures comply with the requirements set out in PAS 1192-2.