Project Description

Northamptonshire Housebuilder Adopts New Thermabeam™ Flooring System

Status: Completed

Location: North Kilworth, South Leicestershire

Division: Flooring

Main Contractor: FP McCann

Market Sector: Housing


Northamptonshire developer Snowdon Homes is utilising FP McCann’s precast concrete insulated Thermabeam™ flooring system on 24 prestigious properties on a new development in North Kilworth, South Leicestershire. Following a recent successful installation trial of the system in Derbyshire, the North Kilworth contract represents FP McCann’s commercial launch of Thermabeam™.

The continuous insulated reinforced concrete floor slabs are manufactured and delivered to site from FP McCann’s Weston Underwood and Lydney factories and are being installed by their specialist floor slab fixing team with each visit planned in line with the phased release of plot foundation work.

The unique precast concrete units being supplied to site, are in standard widths; 400mm, 600mm, 900mm and 1200mm with each slab at 375mm deep achieving spans up to 7 metres long. Once installed, the ThermaBeam™ floor is simply grouted using a standard C25/30 sand cement mortar.

As an innovative alternative to traditional solid slab flooring, ThermaBeam™ can be installed quickly and efficiently allowing follow on trades to work from a safe platform in a matter of hours. Individual loads can be delivered on a ‘just-in-time’ basis and lifted into position straight from the delivery vehicle which minimises the amount of stock held on the ground. On-site manual handling is minimal thereby providing additional health and safety benefits.

ThermaBeam™ combines both high performance expanded polystyrene (EPS) and reinforced concrete forming a continuous insulated floor with a significant reduction in cold bridging. Excellent thermal properties are achieved with U-values as low as 0.10W/m² and the system helps to reduce CO² emissions by decreasing the amount of non-renewable energy required to heat the building. In construction off-site, the structural concrete is cast onto the insulation layer, eliminating any air gaps in the finished product.

Subject to design, service openings can be factory or site formed. FP McCann also offers 300mm deep insulated floor slabs and the ThermaBeam™ flooring system is available nationwide.

FP McCann has also supplied precast ‘T’ beam flooring and standard precast drainage products including pipes DN750 and DN1200; wide wall chamber rings DN1200 and DN1800; gullies, seating and cover slabs up to DN2100.

Commenting on ThermaBeam™ Build Director for Snowdon Homes Glyn Pepper says, “Using the ThermaBeam™ flooring system will increase productivity and enhance health and safety on our sites. The product helps minimise waste compared with other methods of ground floor construction and vehicle movements are reduced, all contributing to overall environmental benefits”.