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Floor cassettes speed school construction

1 Jul 15 Roof truss supplier Pasquill has manufactured and delivered metal web floor cassettes to accommodate some 1200 square metres at a new school being built in Derbyshire.

Posi-Joists were assembled into cassettes and delivered to site
Posi-Joists were assembled into cassettes and delivered to site

More than 800 Posi-Joists made at Pasquill’s Chorley, Bodmin and Taunton manufacturing sites. They were then assembled into cassettes at Chorley, ready for delivery to site at Reigate Primary School in Mackworth.

Posi-Joists are metal web joists that combine the light weight of timber with the strength of a steel web, says Pasquill. They offer easy access for the installation and maintenance of the services in a floor zone, it adds. This is a particular benefit with the move towards more sustainable buildings in which an increasing number of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) systems are being installed, driving architects and specifiers to look for a versatile solution.

Pasquill used 18mm OSB decking to finish off the Posi-Joist cassette floor panels supplied to the school. The use of cassette floor panels has grown thanks to their ability to improve safety on site and to speed up the installation process. Lifting straps are built into the cassettes.

Pasquill’s client, Innovaré Systems, is providing an energy efficient structure using its i-SIP structural insulated panel system.

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Innovaré site operations manager Stuart Spaven said: “Posi-Joist cassette floors really do help us to speed up the installation process.”

At Reigate Primary School the project’s SIPs building programme has necessitated very short lead times. With fifteen loads to handle in total, Pasquill – at the height of the project’s complexity – was able to supply six loads in one day. This careful delivery scheduling is testimony to the company’s flexibile approach to customer requirements regarding site logistics.

Completion of the new school is expected by September, at which stage the old school building on the same site will be demolished and landscaped.

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