U.K. Experience with Industrialized Concrete Construction

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Title: U.K. Experience with Industrialized Concrete Construction

Author(s): F.W. Gifford

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 48

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 35-66

Keywords: building codes; concrete construction; floors; high-rise buildings; industrialized buildings; masonry; precast concrete; prefabrication; project planning; standards; structural design

Date: 1/1/1975

Abstract:
The paper reviews the development of the structural precast concrete industry in the U.K. over the last 15-20 years, specifically in terms of the activities of Concrete Limited, and generally as regards other companies, with particular regard to the development of an industrialized system of construction for various markets - apartments, car parks, offices, schools, etc., and flooring generally; it comments on current markets. It discusses the problems which have arisen as a result of Ronan Point and the subsquent activities including Building Regulations and existing Codes of Practice and the recently issued Unified Code based on Limit State Design. It briefly touches on differences between the U.K. and America.