PERI Ltd UK’s managing director, Alasdair Stables, elaborates on the importance of pre-assembled and transportable formwork in some of the most significant projects of the previous year.
Research conducted by the Construction Products Association predicts that the UK construction industry will generate over £12 billion in economic value over the next two years and that sector growth will increase by 23% in 2018.
To keep up with the increasing pace of projects and help contractors meet their tight deadlines, there has been an increase in the demand for simple, time-saving solutions.
In recent years we have seen a gradual rise in the regeneration of inner city areas, which includes London Dockland’s new residential development, New Providence Wharf, as well as ambitious projects taking shape after years in planning with the Queensferry Crossing a perfect example. Each of these projects has one thing in common: a need to conduct a smooth execution of all working operations.
A project’s success hinges on the selection of the proper formwork and scaffolding. As a result, no matter the scope of a project, contractors can count on receiving equipment from us that is specifically designed to meet their needs. A major advantage when it comes to managing manpower and meeting tight deadlines is the use of pre-assembled equipment, which eliminates the need to set up and take down supporting formwork.
PERI provided its prefabricated off-site MULTIPROP table system from its Rugby depot while working on a new car park and retail space in Birmingham’s city centre. As a result, the MULTIPROP tables arrived at the job site already set up. In total 124 tables were fabricated off-site and easily moved from floor to floor using PD8 trolleys.
When the ready-to-use table tops arrived on site, the MULTIPROP frames and legs were already in place. No other formwork supplier was able to match PERI’s technical know-how and resources in such confined spaces.
While at New Providence Wharf, London, which is a new residential tower block, a complete range of PERI equipment was used, including its RCS-C climbing system with TRIO Panel Wall Formwork, which has all been engineered towards construction specifications. As the 45-story residential tower was being built, the formwork provided more support as the tower rose in height, saving both time and ensuring worker safety.
Pre-assembled and transportable formwork elements such as slab tables, special column formwork, architectural fair-faced formwork or customised formwork, have become very popular.
This type of assembly service offers several advantages, including the reduction of mobilising equipment on site, ideal for locations such as city centres where space can be limited and, in some cases, storage non-existent. Clients save time and labour costs as no site assembly of equipment is necessary, and customers can order the products on a ‘just in time’ basis. This approach has been welcomed by many inner city project managers, as well as infrastructure builds where space is a constant obstacle when planning the solution.
Prefabricating the formwork means that costs can be closely monitored and quality can be assured in a controlled environment that can’t be replicated on-the-jobsite. A further important advantage is the increase in safety, as the equipment is being assembled by experts.
Visit www.peri.ltd.uk to learn more about PERI’s prefabrication and assembly services.