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Crewe University Technical College is growing

Crewe University Technical College (UTC) is continuing to grow and needs an extra teaching block to cope with the demands of its pupils and ever growing enrolment requests. The need for speedy construction and minimum storage of materials on site are set requirements, which means a high level of prefabrication is a must – which a steel-framed building can provide.

The project

Working with the Main Contractor BAM, we have been tasked with erecting the steel-frame for a new teaching block. The structure is split level, with three floors at the lower section and two floors at the higher level. This is an exciting development that will help the college expand and will benefit the local community of Cheshire.

This is a stick and beam structure comprising of 224 tonnes of hot rolled steel and 11 tonnes of cold rolled. The structure will be complete in six weeks, with a one week over run to complete the decked floors. As part of the six week programme we will also install a Waycon lift shaft (comprising of ten sections, each weighing seven tonnes) and two sets of precast stairs (with sections weighing up to seven tonnes).

Erection for the while project will be carried out using a 55 foot crane from outside the building footprint.

Waycon lift shaft

To make this project as efficient as possible, whilst minimising environmental impacts and health and safety issues on site, we have fixed a Waycon precast concrete lift shaft. This is a pioneering pre-cast concrete lift shaft that has radically simplified lift shaft and lift installations.

This system provides an easy to assemble modular solution whereby concrete sections are stacked one on top of the other, reducing on-site time and costs.

The Waycon lift shaft consisted of 10 sections in total and was installed over two days, which included grouting.

Are you thinking of having a steel-frame solution built? Not sure where to start or what to do? No problem, please call our expert designers and engineers today and they can talk you through the entire process: 01332 574 711.