Arena Central, Birmingham
Architect:Corstorphine & Wright
Structural Engineer:Civic Engineers
Main Contractor:Galliford Try
Arena Central is a two block (17 and 22 storeys) residential development in Birmingham.
The project utilised precast concrete systems including the building’s structural frame, cladding and balcony units, which fitted the client's brief for a robust finish which would limit the amount of ongoing maintenance required.
The Arena Central project team selected a crosswall concrete solution (Rapidres) for the main structural frame. Crosswall is a modern and effective method of construction that employs factory-produced, precision engineered, concrete components. It uses precast floors and load-bearing walls, and is ideal for buildings of a cellular nature, for example hotels, student accommodation, housing and apartments.
Benefits of this construction approach at Arena Central included the installation of doors and windows offsite as part of the factory process, along with the lifting into place of bathroom pods during the erection phase. This resulted in an impressive speed of construction whilst also working well given the building’s restricted site.
For more information on offsite concrete construction, see the Offsite Concrete Construction guide.
Images: Creagh Concrete Products Ltd
Building type:Houses, Leisure & Recreation, Museums & Galleries, Offices, Public Buildings, Retail
12:00 - 13:00
The UK concrete and cement industry has launched a roadmap to become net negative by 2050.
Please note this event is a re-run of the recording from the live 22nd October 2020 event.
13:00 - 13:30
The UK concrete and cement industry has launched a roadmap to become net negative by 2050. The event also sets the roadmap within the context of the UK Concrete Sustainable Construction Strategy.
12:30 - 13:30
This webinar presents the techniques used to achieve a range of finishes from polishing, etching, retardants and use of form liners, with tips for specification and detailing.
12:30 - 14:00
This event showcases some of the new generation of low carbon concretes and explores their current and potential uses and their carbon footprint.
16:00 - 17:00
This event explores strategies and resources available for comparing and reducing the embodied carbon (eCO2) of concrete structural frames and building elements at early design stages, and explores when to consider using concrete with slower strength gain.