Precast concrete and masonry products are produced in factories under strictly controlled conditions. This means high quality products can be made consistently regardless of the weather. Repetition of individual units can be achieved with confidence whether there are one, ten or 100. The factory-controlled production process also means that cover to rebar is consistent and correct, as are strength and concrete quality. Hence the inherent durability of the delivered product is assured.
The combination of precast and other materials like in-situ concrete and steel in hybrid concrete constrution can yield cost and programme benefits. Precast concrete brings accuracy, high quality finishes and speed of erection to any hybrid concrete construction project.
The casting process for precast concrete enables the potential to be made in any shape. Skills of mould-makers and manufacturers can offer helpful advice on how to achieve difficult architectural forms. Precast concrete makes customisation simple. The technology behind precast production stretches back hundreds of years, so customers can be assured of peace of mind when specifying precast products.
Innovations to make the use of precast concrete even safer include air-inflated crash bags, nets and mats. These are used in an area under construction until the precast units are securely installed. In the event of an accident, these break the fall of a worker or even a whole precast unit.
No vibration, no sawing, and no other noise-generating processes need to be used to install a precast concrete structure. This results in substantially quieter construction sites, which is a genuine benefit to local residents and workers alike. Precast concrete is also significantly less vulnerable to disruption caused by hot, cold or wet weather as production takes place within a factory.
12 May 2017
Sponsored by Trimble Tekla, PRECAST2017 was a phenomenal day with a record number of delegates, and nearly 70 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services.
02 May 2017
In response to the Housing White Paper, MMA has responded to the consultation calling for more homes and long-lasting homes. Read the full response from the MMA to the Housing White Paper
28 Mar 2017
Modern Masonry Alliance responds to the housing white paper published by Gavin Barwell Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London). Read more of MMA’s response in this Construction News article here.