Creagh were presented with the ‘Specialist Contractor of the Year’ award, sponsored by Leica Geosystems & Innovate NI, during a glittering ceremony, compered by television and radio sports presenter Adrian Logan, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast.
Creagh Concrete has developed a new system that delivers robust traditional style construction with the speed of a modular build and which allows for early access for follow on trades.
This innovative fast track offsite crosswall build is called ‘Rapidres’ and has recently been utilised in a 22-storey, two block residential building in Birmingham.
‘Rapidres’ has been described as a good example of a structural cross wall design, which is ideally suited to multi-storey projects where the layout is replicated consistently across each floor. While most projects will have variation of layout in mixed use spaces on the ground floor, this is routinely dealt with by the use of a structural podium which forms the base for the offsite structure.
Creagh Concrete were responsible for the design, manufacture, delivery and installation of all members of the precast concrete frame and façade for the Birmingham project. The frame consists of exposed aggregate external sandwich panels, crosswalls, staircores and hollowcore flooring.
Precast concrete had always been the material of choice for the frame construction and cladding due to the robustness it offers. Creagh delivered and installed the frame panels, acid-etched finished architectural cladding units for the facade, balconies and floor slab.
It celebrated the topping out of the two buildings on 28th September 2018 - almost a year to the day from the first panel was delivered on site.