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Residential Strip above: The first Core- including pre-drilled and with nuts already in place comments: “Erecting the Corefast modules is just fast modules are lowered to ensure quick and efficient assembly. like putting together pieces of Meccano. It is a sim- onto the foundation. The first phase of constructing the core on site ple flat pack that is delivered to site and then pieced involved the erection of ten, 15m high, modules that together.” Below: The prefabricated created the first four floors. Each piece, weighing Once the lower floors of the core were in place, the panels are simply bolted approximately 8t, was delivered to site and then up- surrounding steelwork began, simply bolted onto the together on site ended, lifted into position and lowered onto starter panels of the core. Before being lifted into place, all bars from the foundation. As each module is put of the handrails and safety barriers are attached on into place, it is bolted onto the previous module and the ground to ensure health and safety risks are kept ready for the next. Pre-fabricated stairs are lifted into to a minimum. The modules of the core also provid- the core along with other appropriate internal work ed an “in built” edge protection and safety barrier. being carried out during the erection process. Con- Having completed the initial core erection, the struction of the core for the first four storeys of the Bi-Steel panels are filled with concrete to allow the tower was completed in just five days. core to reach its full strength. After completion of Business Development Manager for Construc- the lower floors the next ten Corefast modules, each tional and Industrial at Corus Bi-Steel Robert Fisher weighing 4-5t, are lifted into place and bolted to the Saw/Drill - close coupled Punch & Shear Coping Kaltenbach Ltd, 6-8 Brunel Road, Bedford, MK41 9TG England tel: +44 (0)1234 213201 fax: +44 (0)1234 351226 email: sales@kaltenbach.co.uk 20 NSC May 2006


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