Time saving is often seen as the main advantage of precast construction. But perhaps an even bigger benefit is the high quality finish that is achievable from a tightly controlled casting plant.
A guaranteed high quality finish makes precast concrete ideal for car park construction in shopping malls where the aim is to create a more friendly environment.
This was the philosophy behind Standard Life's car park and shopping mall extension at Churchill Square in Brighton. The building made extensive use of factory engineered concrete units designed, manufactured and erected by Tarmac Precast.
Designed by architect Comprehensive Design and main contractor Taywood Construction Consultancy, the building has two lower car parking levels and a top floor shopping mall. The mall level features an overhanging cantilever at the front. Tarmac Precast has just completed construction of the three storey structure.
The design made special use of double T flooring units cast with scarf ends to avoid downstand beams. Circular columns and beams with raised soffits were used to give a more aesthetically pleasing area of uninterrupted floor space.
Tarmac Precast manufactured all the components at its factory at Tallington, Lincolnshire and Hendale in Somerset.