Project Description

FP McCann’s Precast Hollowcore Flooring system installed on new University Campus

Status: Completed

Location: Northampton

Division: Flooring

Main Contractor: Bowmer and Kirkland/Shipley Structures/FP McCann

Market Sector: Commercial


FP McCann has played a major part in the first phase construction of a brand new university facility in Northampton, supplying and installing around 3,800m² of precast concrete hollowcore flooring.

The Senate Building at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside development is the first of five new buildings to be ‘topped out’ as part of the £330 million 58 acre student campus scheduled to open in September 2018. The new site will cater for 14,000 students and 2,000 staff. 

Main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland has been awarded the BREEAM Very Good rated contract to build the new campus which will include low carbon buildings for teaching, leisure and student accommodation.

FP McCann secured the contract to supply and install 200mm deep hollowcore flooring and lift shaft lids to the Senate Building as part of the main structural steel build headed up by Grantham based Shipley Structures. The design and build hollowcore package was undertaken by the FP McCann in-house team based at Weston Underwood. Hollowcore floor spans ranging from 1.0 metre to 7.25 metres and totalling 3,800m² were installed on the four storey building over a 3 month period, as phased in by Shipley Structures. 

As part of the contract, FP McCann also completed all the wet work requirements and employed Beresfords Flooring’s specialist progressive collapse joinery team who undertook the disproportionate collapse work.

Commenting on the FP McCann supply and fix contract, Chris Murphy Contracts Director of Shipley Structures said, “The hollowcore panels and lift shaft lids were supplied and fitted to the design specification and to the highest standard. With little extra preparation, the finishing contractors were able to apply paint and vinyl surfaces to the flooring surfaces”.

The hollowcore system has a fire rating of one hour and, as part of the overall elements contained within each floor, the thermal resistance of the 200mm deep hollowcore units represent 0.167m2 k/w.

For further information about FP McCann’s precast concrete Flooring solutions, contact the team at Weston Underwood on 01335 361269 or email