Offering 180 students accommodation, a new campus building for the University of Leeds has been completed on time using cold-formed steel panelized framing.
Kingspan Steel Building Solutions was selected by GMI Construction to design, engineer, manufacture, supply and finally install their KingBuild System (KBS), enabling the external structure to go up in just 18 weeks.
The panelized system allowed a rapid, predictable assembly of the seven stories, providing a weather-tight envelope that could be worked on internally even as the external finishes were being applied. As well as being efficient to install, the dry construction method achieves near-zero shrinkage and provides almost zero settlement in the frame. Pre-punched holes for services into joists and studs also helped reduce subsequent fit-out time. The predictability of this approach reduced costs by saving on labor time.