Offsite Concrete Construction seminar

Date:Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time:18:00 - 20:00

The Building Centre, 
26 Store St,

CPD:2.00 hours

Offsite construction uses products manufactured in a factory environment, ranging from building elements to whole building solutions. Offsite concrete construction offers structural and architectural precast concrete that can also be partnered with the flexibility of cast in-situ concrete to create hybrid concrete construction. This seminar will provide an overview of these offsite concrete solutions and present the advantages of each option.

Early engagement and collaboration between the design team and manufacturers is the best route to optimise the design for any project - this is even more important when using offsite solutions. Delegates will hear experts with experience of manufacturing, design and construction discuss recent and award-winning projects using offsite concrete construction.

Delegates will also receive the latest guidance documents from The Concrete Centre.

18:00 Registration and Refreshments
18:30 Welcome from The Concrete Centre, Jenny Burridge, head of structural engineering, The Concrete Centre

Concrete Offsite Solutions - Elaine Toogood, senior architect, The Concrete Centre

This presentation will provide an overview of offsite concrete solutions and the benefits for designers, contractors and occupants. Design guidance to optimise cost and speed of construction will be provided. 


Project exemplar: Project Capella - Simon Harold, PCE Ltd

Project Capella is a biomedical research laboratory constructed at the Addenbrookes Hospital site for Cambridge University. PCE’s approach for the project embraced the vibration performance criteria and used BIM techniques to integrate an extremely complex services strategy.

The resultant structural frame design uses precast columns, precast concrete edge beams, precast hollowcore units and a 300mm reinforced in-situ structural concrete topping that equate to 4,135 precast concrete components, and 4,035m³ of reinforced structural concrete. The precast concrete cladding features fully integrated glazing.

The structure was built using two cranes on a confined site with a relatively small footprint. PCE delivered the seven-storey superstructure with suspended flooring of approximately 17,000m², as well as erecting the 5.0m deep basement walls and external envelope, in just 8 months of site activity.

The project was the winner of the 'Best Use of Concrete Technology' and the prestigious ‘Winner of Winners’ Award at Offsite awards 2018. 


Architectural and Structural Precast Building Solutions - Neil Magner, FP McCann

Neil will provide information on modular solutions and elements including crosswall, cladding and sandwich panels construction. These are illustrated using recently completed projects including University Locks, Birmingham (Glenn Howells Architects). Speed of installation, products, finishes and overall quality of off site production will also be demonstrated.


This presentation will provide information on the performance benefits of offsite, precast concrete including thermal mass, fire resistance, acoustics and durability.


FP McCann companies have been pioneering offsite structures since the first project in 1992 and now offer the total solution incorporating the full structure together with external insulated elevations, windows and glazing factory fitted and bathroom pods installed. The manufacturing process partners the use of innovative technologies to deliver exact, quality manufactured product with the true craftmanship of mould-making and local materials.

19:50  Q & A Session 
20:00 Close