March 7, 2021

Is this the future of construction?

The Director of specialist construction firm SCC Design Build says his business is looking to the future of construction and that pre-fabrication – and pre-built – could soon become an integral part of building skyscrapers and infrastructure.

Eamonn O’Donnell says developers are looking beyond traditional construction methods and SCC Design Build is seeing increasing demand for its own pre-cast concrete solutions.

His comments follow predictions from construction giant Laing O’Rourke that the next generation of skyscrapers could be pieced together almost entirely from off-site product lines.

Eamonn comments: “Lack of space in the major cities, particularly London, for traditional site compounds coupled with increasing awareness of off-site techniques could see more developers take up this construction method.

“Restrictions on lorry loads coming into London, emissions targets and targets on reducing people movement all point towards a shift in how we build skyscrapers and off-site construction offers a solution to these problems.”

The method involves manufacturing things off-site and lift it off with a crane. Buildings constructed using this method include Leadenhall Tower aka ‘the Cheesegrater’ in London. Up to 85 per cent of the skyscraper was built using some form of off-site production.

SCC Design Build offers a complete design, manufacture and installation service and builds the whole pre-cast concrete solution off-site, enabling them to deliver projects to reduced timescales compared to more traditional methods of construction.

They have worked on many diverse projects across the UK including Pomona Island in Salford; Sweet Street, Leeds; and the University of Sheffield.

Eamonn says quicker building times has been a major draw for clients to their services and the company has seen increasing demand for its pre-cast concrete solutions across a range of projects.

He comments: “Our clients are demanding higher standards and higher certainty around cost, schedule and quality, which off-site construction can offer.

“There have been issues surrounding volumes, as many firms don’t have the manufacturing capacity to deliver for full-scale projects. We are in an advantageous position where we do have the capacity and expertise to supply large volumes of pre-cast concrete solutions.”

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