Raised Floor Solutions will start on site this April delivering composite floor slabs for a new residential apartment scheme in Preston.
Located on Grimshaw Street on the site of a former car park, the four-storey apartment building has been designed by leading practice, David Cox Architects.
Twenty-eight, one and two-bedroom modern apartments will be offered boasting progressive urban architecture that casts a respectful nod to the existing traditional style street scene. The scheme has been designed to satisfy local demand for a ‘city living’ lifestyle.
Neighbouring the development is the Grade II listed Seventh Day Adventist Church and Grimshaw Street School, both constructed in the mid 19th Century.
Raised Floor Solutions has secured the contract to supply and install metal decking and concrete floors for the build.
Metaldeck will supply and install 1,922m2 of Kingspan’s most popular Multideck profile, MD60. The steel decking will be supplied with a gauge of 0.9mm and 1.2mm.
Once installed, the Metcon concrete flooring division will supply and install A193 reinforcement mesh and cast a 150mm in situ concrete floor slab before applying an easy float finish.
What is Composite Flooring in Construction?
Composite flooring is a term used to describe construction form work comprising of multiple materials that combine to create a structurally sound building foundation.
In this case, sheets of profiled galvanised composite steel decking are laid between horizontal steel beams. The metal decking is welded to the steel beam using shear studs. The decking forms a floor onto which is cast an in situ concrete floor slab. The slab is reinforced with either sheets of mesh or steel fibres which are added to the concrete mix.
The slab is then given a brush, easy float or power float finish.
The combination of steel deck and reinforced concrete provides an exceptionally strong and durable structure which uses minimum materials and is relatively lightweight, therefore with minimum foundation requirements. It is also extremely cost effective and quick compared to other methods of construction.
Composite construction is commonly used in large commercial projects such as multi-storey car parks, retail parks, office buildings and residential apartment blocks.