Offsite fabrication of building services has been utilised across the construction industry for many years. As Building Information Modelling (BIM) has grown, buildings have become more complex which has created several benefits, as well as challenges in construction.
The AstraZeneca New Cambridge site project has extended the building services module construction approach to include the raised access floor area of the building. The raised access floor covers 12,800 square metres of the project and aims to improve building services performance and the optimisation of the building volume. The pedestals for the raised accessed floor have been fabricated offsite with the supports engineered to be utilised as primary services support. This has allowed for an increase in overall space efficiency to meet the building requirements.
Not only is this approach more efficient, but also helps to protect the environment and local ecosystems. This is because the model is environmentally sustainable. It minimises local vehicle congestion, minimises vehicle use in total, reduces the material brought to site, avoids waste and minimises the site projects overall carbon footprint.
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