Project Description

FP McCann Supplies & Installs Twin Lift Shaft as Part of £340 Million Chesterfield Regeneration Project

Status: In Progress

Location: Chesterfield

Division: Structural Solutions

Main Contractor: FP McCann

Market Sector: Commercial


FP McCann has recently completed the supply and install of a seven storey precast concrete twin lift shaft on a major redevelopment project in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The Chesterfield Waterside Scheme, is one of the UK’s largest brownfield regeneration projects consisting of new housing a hotel and office accommodation. It is being led by a consortium consisting of Chesterfield-based Bolsterstone Group PLC working in conjunction with Arnold Laver Group and Chesterfield Borough Council.

The twin lift shaft has been installed on the new office block ‘One Waterside Place’ at Basin Square. Once open in autumn 2021, the building will offer 35,000 sq ft of office and co-working space to local start-ups and SME’s. Leading civil engineering, building and steel frame solutions company Britcon (UK) Ltd is constructing One Waterside Place. In recognising Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) as being key to the success of the build, Britcon and office block designer Bond Bryan Architects, have incorporated the latest innovations in building materials.

FP McCann were involved in the early stages of design, demonstrating the fast track construction capabilities using modular off-site manufactured precast concrete products.The twin lift pits were formed in-situ with the foundations on site by the groundworkers, the precast twin lift shafts comprised of 7No twin door sections, 7No twin travel sections and one capping slab. The completed shaft weighs 175 tonnes with external dimensions of 28115mm high x 4700mm wide x 2150mm deep. Each lift door opening measures 1200 x 2225mm. The twin lift shaft was installed by FP McCann and their sub-contract partner Irish Gulf Contracting over a period of 5 days. Components and features in the box section twin lift shaft include dividing walls, door openings, white painted internally and cast in fixing channels. The lift shaft sections were craned in through the steel frame and tied back by the steel frame erectors as each unit was positioned.

Commenting on FP McCann’s role in the project, Peter Blackburn Project Manager for Britcon (UK) Ltd says, “Utilising off-site manufactured precast products such as the twin lift shaft has major benefits in terms of productivity and site safety. Additionally, the finish achieved by such quality controlled off-site built products minimises the work required from follow-on trades.”

For further information on FP McCann’s architectural and structural solutions, contact the team at
BYLEY 01606 843500 | GRANTHAM 01476 562277 | LITTLEPORT 01353 861416