|Location:||Port Street, Manchester|
The £30 million project involved the development of 135 apartments with a mixture of private and communal roof top garden areas overlooking Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The structure comprised a 14 storey reinforced concrete frame on CFA foundation piles with a brick façade featuring curtain walling.
Rubix Consulting were appointed as the lead Temporary Works consultant and primarily undertook a checking and advisory role which included carrying out independent Category 3 checks of formwork designs for the casting of floor slabs, shear walls, cores and columns. In addition, advice was provided to the site team on the minimum concrete strengths required for safely striking the falsework to newly cast slabs, allowing the slabs to carry their own self-weight together with any relevant, follow on construction loads. Back-propping proposals were also assessed to ensure that the correct propping arrangement and number of back-propping levels were used to prevent overloading of supporting slabs at each stage of construction.
Additional items included undertaking a Category 3 check of a piled reinforced concrete tower crane foundation, cantilever loading deck, access scaffolds and the design of a piling platform.