Creagh Concrete Products Ltd Picked up a prestigious award at the Concrete Society Awards held Thursday night at The Ramada Hotel, Shawsbridge. Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, accepted the Precast Concrete Award for Creagh’s involvement in the esteemed Manchester Metropolitan University: Birley Fields Campus project.

Creagh worked closely with Sir Robert Mc Alpine during a 4 month tender process and secured the pre-cast package and in the process provided £400k of value engineering savings. A £6.1m pre-cast concrete frame; columns, walls & beams with precast plate flooring incorporating water a heat recovery piping system.

The scope of supply included a full design and build service (including foundation loadings), manufacture, construction of frame and in-situ concrete structural topping works.

The design, manufacture and construction programmes were very challenging with this entire scope of works to be delivered in 8 months (the construction phase was completed within a 21 week period)

Quality of finish was critical with all internal concrete being visible; no additional paint or other finishes were permitted. To achieve this all precast concrete utilised self-compacting concrete mixes with flows between 750-780mm.

The building comprised;

  • Two five storey teaching wings 96m long and 16.5m wide and a central atrium area with terraced seating and link bridges with a stand-alone three story cantilevered feature stair rising through the central atrium area.
  • It will provide a superb learning and teaching environment for more than 6,000 students, including lecture theatres, specialist teaching accommodation and social learning areas. It will also be the location for around 500 academics, researchers, technical and support staff. The ground floor will be open to the public and facilities including a sports hall, performance spaces, treatment centres, cafes and informal meeting areas.