Arena Central, Birmingham
Architect:Corstorphine & Wright
Structural Engineer:Civic Engineers
Main Contractor:Galliford Try
Arena Central is a two block (17 and 22 storeys) residential development in Birmingham.
The project utilised precast concrete systems including the building’s structural frame, cladding and balcony units, which fitted the client's brief for a robust finish which would limit the amount of ongoing maintenance required.
The Arena Central project team selected a crosswall concrete solution (Rapidres) for the main structural frame. Crosswall is a modern and effective method of construction that employs factory-produced, precision engineered, concrete components. It uses precast floors and load-bearing walls, and is ideal for buildings of a cellular nature, for example hotels, student accommodation, housing and apartments.
Benefits of this construction approach at Arena Central included the installation of doors and windows offsite as part of the factory process, along with the lifting into place of bathroom pods during the erection phase. This resulted in an impressive speed of construction whilst also working well given the building’s restricted site.
For more information on offsite concrete construction, see the Offsite Concrete Construction guide.
Images: Creagh Concrete Products Ltd
Building type:Houses, Leisure & Recreation, Museums & Galleries, Offices, Public Buildings, Retail
12:30 - 13:30
This webinar will consider the recent trend in creating concrete with a natural appearance and explore some of the techniques employed in recently completed buildings, including rammed concrete.
12:30 - 13:30
This webinar will outline key considerations for designers looking to reduce the embodied carbon of concrete structures and include an introduction to Concept, a tool for comparing concrete framing options.
00:00 - 00:00
£275.00 + VAT
This e-learning course will cover the relevant sections of the code for the design of concrete framed buildings.