Off-site construction solutions can be a simple, cost-effective way to deliver projects on time and on budget, so it’s easy to see why this part of the market is quickly gathering pace.
Components that are designed, manufactured and assembled in factories can save time spent on site due to quick assembly time, as well as reducing the waste produced, significantly lowering costs and improving quality with close to zero defects. With housing shortage reports continually in the press, these savings can combine to deliver vital new housing this country needs to meet demand.
Having recently launched our first range of off-site solutions at The Chartered Institute of Housing’s 2016 Conference & Exhibition, we had the opportunity to showcase our pre-panelised structural steel frame system with warranty, ideal for medium-rise, multi-occupancy residential buildings.
Social housing developers, with sustainability, budgetary and efficiency targets, may struggle to find solutions to meet all of these requirements. Steel frame systems offer a high level of quality through precision engineering, while being quick to assemble and on site for flexible accommodation requirements.
There are more choices on the market now, yet there are many factors to consider before selecting the most suitable system option. Saint-Gobain’s Steel Frame System is suitable for medium rise, multi-occupancy residential buildings of up to 18 metres. The complete loadbearing external and internal wall panels of Hadley Steel Framing are combined with market-leading products from Saint-Gobain’s portfolio to create a through wall solution. This results in systems that hold a structural warranty of 60 years for the steel frame and 12 years for Saint-Gobain’s product performance. This guarantee from the manufacturer gives clients reassurance, while helping architects and designers reduce their risks, as the warranty covers the same duration, during which latent defects could occur. Assessment by the Steel Construction Institute also gives additional peace of mind.
It is important to note that the opportunity for custom-build solutions to suit the needs of individual projects can be met more easily with the Saint-Gobain Frame System. This enables clients to adapt designs more freely.
Our steel frame system offers both open panel and closed panel options, so whether the client needs the panels to be fixed in place and then have the final fabric skin wrap applied (open panel) or for the panels to be bolted together with insulation and external sheathing board before assembly for a quicker installation (closed panel) the solutions can be designed to suit.
The façade finishes are something else to consider when choosing off-site panelised systems. The four choices of façade finishes offered are rainscreen, masonry (blockwork or stone), direct applied and rail applied, meaning that the building appearance can easily be incorporated into the surrounding areas.
Similarly, the interlinking roof options we offer include flat roof, warm roof (insulated underside), warm roof (insulated over) and cold roof. This truly offers a bespoke service and support to our customers – something we value and strive to meet for all aspects of a project.