Elliott has demonstrated how its offsite hybrid construction systems can help with the complexities of city centre developments by completing the Icon Medical Trust Building in Manchester in just 26 weeks.
The new medical research facility was commissioned by Manchester Royal Infirmary and will be operated by Icon, a medical research organisation.
Elliott's hybrid construction system was able to overcome the many challenges on this project, including an access road that is a blue light ambulance route and a plot surrounded by buildings on all sides, including the existing Manchester Royal Infirmary.
The ground floor was constructed using a steel frame while structural timber panels were used on the first floor.
Both levels benefited from concrete floors for improved acoustics and general feel of the building. The lift shaft used pre-cast concrete sections and the low maintenance facade combined red brick, blue slate and smooth blue rainscreen.
The foundations were particularly complex being designed to deal with the combination of poor ground, proximity of adjacent buildings and a concrete service duct running diagonally across the site.