Mabey Hire’s Frami panels are being used to form a basement retaining wall at a site in the north west. NCE reports on lightweight, easily manoeuvrable formwork which can be assembled by hand with minimal mechanical help.
Contractors working on a basement construction project in Alderley Edge in Cheshire are using Mabey Hire Services Frami panels to form the basement retaining walls.
Panels consist of a sturdy, hollow-sectioned steel frame which makes them torsion-proof and particularly robust Steel for the frames is hot dipped and galvanised to ensure longevity and keep on-site costs to a minimum. The panels are suitable for F1 or F2 quality concrete finishes, where the finished appearance of the concrete is of minimal or no importance.
Easy to manoeuvre
One of the advantages of the panels is they are relatively light and therefore easy to manoeuvres and position.
Workers can get them into place by hand with minimal help from mechanical plant.
On sites where a crane is available, frames can be prefabricated and lifted into place in larger modules.
Each panel is dimensioned to ensure maximum flexibility within the element grid so it is possible to adapt the frames to a wide range of different wall geometries.
Panels are also equally effective in any orientation, making the system suitable for a large range of smaller formwork applications.
Panels are fastened together using clamp connectors.
These are tightened with the use of a hammer, aligning the elements and clamping them together.
Nuts and bolts are unnecessary, reducing small component quantities and erection times.
Ease of use is not the only key factor when using Mabey Hire Services Frami panels, the engineering design service the company offers combined with their extended range of structural support equipment for example the System 160 propping system allows for cost effective, quick and efficient large scale bespoke schemes.