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A Lesson in Offsite Fabrication

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The construction of a North Wales school has reaped the benefits of using offsite fabrication as weeks have been shaved off of the construction program.

One of the leading Welsh languages schools, Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph, North Wales, is undergoing a £14.5M development that will extend and improve the school site to accommodate an increase in demand for spaces, as well as providing new, modern facilities.

A new steel-framed teaching block, where a number of time-saving offsite manufacturing procedures have been utilized, is the cornerstone of the entire development.

As with many construction projects time is of the essence and the choice of steel as the framing solution for this job has paid off. Due to a few inclement weather stoppages and a period of downtime to relocate some great crested newts from the site, the project may well have found itself behind schedule. However, due to the steel package being completed in eight weeks, instead of the projected 13, the job is actually ahead.

“We pre-assembled all of the steel window frames at our facility, which then speeded up our program on site considerably,” says EvadX Managing Director Simon Adams. “The cold rolled framing system was then fixed to the window frames on site onto previously shop- welded connections, which allowed the remaining cold rolled elements to be installed quickly.”

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