Walsgrave Hospital is one of the largest PFI hospital developments in the UK
with a value of £20M. The hospital is a large complex with a number of linked
buildings of up to six storeys. The supporting structure is a concrete frame
and partnering with the main contractor, Skanska, SIAC designed an off-site
manufactured unitised cladding and glazing panel for use on this project.
Manufactured at SIAC's facility at Aston Down in Gloucestershire, the panels
were constructed, stored and transported to the Walsgrave site on low loaders.
The panels were then craned into position using a unique back-fix procedure
which obviated the need for any external access equipment or scaffolding
whatsoever. The time saved in off-site fabrication and on site erection was
substantial and allowed the project to be completed in approximately 50% of
the site time required for a conventional cladding operation.
The close working relationship that SIAC developed with Skanska and its
designers allowed our system 'Structurclad' to be developed, manufactured and
completed for the project.
SIAC was also responsible for traditional cladding using flat architectural
wall paneling, curtain walling and windows on the project.