Precast Structures uses a system of cross-wall construction offering both solid and twin wall styles to suit the design requirements of the structure. Whichever solution is selected the elements are produced in high quality finish which is suitable for direct decoration, with minimal preparatory work, obviating the need for plaster finishes, leading to cost and programme savings. Precast concrete construction offers extremely durable accommodation, capable of sustaining even the toughest conditions required of custodial projects. It is a fast build solution offering less weather dependency compared to other forms of wet build construction.
Precast Concrete Structures Ltd will provide advice and innovative solutions on the most economical means of manufacturing the components and sequencing the erection to the maximum benefit of the client.
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Precast Concrete Structures Ltd specialise in the fast efficient delivery of the building structure, where minimal wet trades and high quality finish are essential to follow on trades.
Here at Precast Concrete Structures we strive to be market leaders in quality of finished product and offer an innovative and non-contractual approach to building structures.
PCS worked closely with Skanska Construction in the tender process, and have secured the order for the precast concrete houseblocks for HMP Grampian on behalf of The Scottish Prison service. The site is near to the current HMP at Peterhead. The total order value of £7m covers the design, manufacture and erection of 3 houseblocks (each one comprises of 4 stories in height and a total of 500 bed accommodations). The PCS/Skanska design also incorporated precast solutions to the Gatehouse and Prisoner Services Buildings.
The PCS design offered a combination of both vertically and flat cast walls between 100mm, and 175 mm thick, with where required windows/ bars, cell door frames cast into the wall panels at our factory. Floor solutions including pre finished solid concrete floor slabs to cell areas (incorporating services cast in for lighting, under floor heating and drainage for shower units), and hollowcore floor slabs to communal areas. The PCS package included also the Precast concrete Stairs, landings and supporting embedded structural steelwork. PCS in conjunction with Skanska put forward an alternative to adopt services designed for precast walls to ensure accuracy on placement, quality of finish and ease of manufacture. The contractor was also offered solutions of Reconstituted Stone block "look alike" sandwich panels (in polished and natural finishes) to resolve possible weather problems encountered in winter working.
The PCS solution incorporated the perimeter walls and Houseblock Number One exercise yard walls, these are "Grey" concrete precast walls, which taper from 450mm thick at the base to 150mm thick at the top of the wall.
The final construction programme entailed the commitment of up to 4 gangs and 4 crawler cranes over a period of 26 weeks. The PCS phase of the project is close to completion and has been extremely successful partnership between PCS and Skanska for custodial supply.
PCS remains one of the UK market leaders in the design and manufacture of precast concrete design solutions for the apartment, hotel, student and custodial accommodation projects.
By selecting Precast Concrete as the preferred build solution, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) continues with it’s modernisation programme for prisons and remand accommodation.
Precast Concrete Structures are currently supplying and erecting new catering facilities at HMP Maidstone on behalf of Kier (South East) Ltd.
The project detailing has required intensive co-ordination and liaison to ensure the accuracy required for the casting in of fittings for electrical outlet boxes, conduits, alarm sounders, trunking for catering equipment, dado trunking and call points.
Door and window frames have also been incorporated into the casting process to maintain the high levels of security and robustness required on all MOJ projects. Combined with the quality finishes suitable for direct decoration and application of thin-sheet resin materials for both hygiene and maintenance, this has proved to be the most economic option.