The last few months have seen all the pre-cast concrete panels craned and fixed into place, all concrete floors poured with included hydronic heating installed and a small section of stainless steel roofing installed.
Work will now commence on the installation of windows as well as the rough-in of plumbing and electrical systems. The final fit out of linings, joinery and fittings will follow after.
Site Progress Diary:
All panels were installed with the help of a 220 tonne crane … All precast concrete panels have now been installed on site
The first floor bondek slab has been poured and hydronic heating was included in the slab across this whole floor. Steelwork is being installed for support of the concrete roof top terrace above.
At 2 stories above ground, this main living area will have spectacular views…
Hydronic heating has been installed throughout this floor ( pink pipes ) which will provide invisible space heating. Hydronic heating involves circulating water inside the concrete slab which can be heated by a number of sources, in this case via heap pumps. The heated water then heats the slab which dissipates into the rooms. The hydronic heating manifold pictured below will be concealed inside a cupboard in a store room. The other services seen here are concealed within a stud wall
Throughout this project minimising the chance of cracking has been critical, especially as the internal floors are polished concrete. By placing hessian over the recently poured concrete surface and keeping the slab damp for a minimum of 7 days, the concrete can cure and harden sufficiently at a slow and controlled rate. This decreases the chance for minor cracking to occur.
The next critical stage of this build is the installation of the large windows which will make the building water tight and allow for the final fit off to commence