Project Description

FP McCann supplies and installs triple lift shaft and stair cores on Manchester Science Park

Status: Completed

Location: Manchester

Division: Structural Solutions

Main Contractor: Caddick Construction

Market Sector: Commercial

Architect: Russell Bridge Architects

FP McCann has recently completed the supply and install of a seven level triple precast concrete lift shaft and two complementary stair cores on the rebuild of the Base building at Manchester Science Park located in the heart of the city’s innovation district. Once open in Spring 2022, the building will offer 91,000 sq ft of office space and maker space to SMEs and established businesses operating in the fields of computer engineering, energy technology and material sciences.

Principal contractor Caddick Construction is building Base on behalf of client Bruntwood Scitech. The building is the first new development at Manchester Science Park to incorporate measures towards the achievement of Net Zero Carbon. Base’s design embraces the latest innovations in building materials and environmental technology. These include the installation of a 700 metre square solar panel, demand side response technology and occupancy and utilisation sensors.

Recognising that Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are key on the project, Caddick Construction along with Russell Bridge architects engaged and involved FP McCann at the early stages of design. FP McCann were able to demonstrate fast-track construction of the structural off-site manufactured precast concrete elements thereby allowing follow-on trades easier and safer access.

The structural precast concrete lift shaft and two stairs cores form the initial phase and have been erected ahead of the main building in modular box and panel sections manufactured off-site at FP McCann’s Byley factory in Cheshire. Nominated FP McCann installation contractor Irish Gulf Contracting, completed the build of the three precast structures over a period of 17 days. Components and features in the box section triple lift shaft include dividing walls, door openings and cast in fixing channels. The precast panel wall stair cores comprise stair flights, landing slabs and lids.

Commenting on FP McCann’s role in the project, Alec Bailey, Contracts Manager for Caddick Construction says, “The precast concrete box section triple lift shaft and panel wall stair cores were installed quickly and very competently by the FP McCann fixing team demonstrating major benefits in build efficiencies. Additionally, the finish achieved by such quality controlled off-site built products minimises the work required from follow-on trades.”

Speaking on behalf of FP McCann’s installation partner, Irish Gulf Contracting, Projects Manager Paddy Grace adds, “To build such structures using steel formwork and pouring of wet concrete along with other wet trades could take weeks, allowing for curing between stages. Utilising these off-site manufactured precast products such as the triple lift shaft has major benefits in terms of productivity and site safety. Having the sections delivered on a just-in-time basis enabled the fixers and lifting equipment to operate uninterrupted in a clean open space.”

FP McCann manufacture and install precast single, double and triple box section lift shafts and precast concrete stair core systems. Modular units can be tailored to suit any building project. Sections are available starting from 1200mm x1200mm increasing in increments of 50mm and with wall thicknesses 150mm, 175mm, 200mm, 225mm, 250mm, 275mm and 300mm.

For further information on our structural solutions, contact the team at Weston Underwood on 01335 361269, Uddingston on 01698 803 3007  or email