FP McCann is one of the UK's leading providers of precast concrete systems for the structural and architectural markets and has become specialised in the hotel and student accommodation sectors in particular. Two recent examples showcase this key offsite approach to the highest level.
Holiday Inn Express (HIEx) Bridgwater, Somerset The Holiday Inn Express Group specified FP McCann's modular precast concrete frame solution on its fourth generation hotel design. HIEx, Bridgwater, Somerset, used brick faced and acid etched 'sandwich' cladding panels, precast concrete reinforced solid floor slabs, internal walls and stairs. FP McCann's structural precast concrete building and architectural facades division supplied and installed the complete package of modular precast components on the brand new £10 million hotel. Working on behalf of main contractor Midas Construction, experienced sub-contracting partner to FP McCann, S4J Ltd, is undertaking the precast frame build.
The 138 room accommodation situated at Junction 24 of the M5 motorway is one of the Zeal Hotel Group's new Gen 4 hotel schemes for HIEx developments. Once complete in spring 2019, it is ideally located to part serve the local workforce and visitors to the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. An architect on the project is Aros and the consultant structural engineer is Clegg Associates, who have also employed the design services of
The four-storey building is well underway with work having commenced in March 2018. In total, around 509 individual precast concrete structural and architectural units will make up the precast structural frame including 394 structural products consisting of reinforced concrete solid floor slabs, internal walls and stairs all manufactured at FP McCann's Grantham depot.
The building's architectural façade has been specifically designed to incorporate both a brick faced and acid etched finish. The decorative cladding panels are of an insulated 'sandwich' construction,
The insulation layer sits between the inner and outer concrete faces on each sandwich panel and has been designed to accommodate the aluminium framed 0.18 U-value windows, supplied by Window Glass (Bristol) Ltd, all pre-installed into the precast panels prior to delivery. A single handling operation on site then ensures that the architectural panels are installed quickly and efficiently with minimal risk of damage.
The precast wall and floor sections have been designed for ease of build, linking together with hidden tie rods. Joints are finished with a high-strength, non-shrink grout. As part of the contract, S4J Ltd
Commenting on the building progress to date, Grant Millar, Operations Manager for Midas Construction says: "This method of modular precast construction demonstrates a number of efficiencies compared with practices associated with a traditional build. The remote manufacturing of the building components offers significant advantages in terms of product quality and integrity. On-site,
The Beatrice Shilling STEM Building FP McCann has also supplied a full package of precast concrete building products on a brand new science and technology facility at Coventry University. The Beatrice Shilling STEM building uses pre-stressed
Earlier in 2018, FP McCann secured the contract to supply 1,500 tonnes of precast products, including
Additionally, two of FP McCann's sectional lift shafts each measuring 15.30m high have also been installed by FP McCann's own specialist contracting team. Individual square shaft sections (2.20m x 2.20m) were delivered on a just-in-time basis from FP McCann's Grantham works in Lincolnshire. Completing the supply contract, 80 precast concrete 'L' walls 1.75m high x 1.0m wide have been installed by S&G Groundworks to form a soil retaining wall to the boundary of the building. The 'L' walls have also been supplied from FP McCann's Grantham depot.
Speaking on behalf of Speller Metcalfe, Project Lead Ed McDonald says: "The precast, pre-stressed concrete
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