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Vulcan Mill foundations complete

Phase two of Artisan Investments’ Vulcan Mill project has reached the first construction milestone, as the foundations, basement and undercroft parking structures have all been completed.

To be know as The Loom, housing 101 apartments, the scheme is being built on a vacant site adjacent to Vulcan Mill Phase One, which was the refurbishment of an original textile mill. The new scheme sits on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, and will rise to six storeys, plus the basement underground.

With the support of concrete contractor PCE, the structure has been constructed using precast concrete columns to support 700mm-deep steel Deltabeams, 260mm pre-stressed concrete Hollowcore units, and other precast concrete units.

Steel reinforcement and insitu concrete was used with the Deltabeams to provide a composite concrete/steel support for the Hollowcore units, giving the suspended floor soffit a clear span without any down stands.

The result of PCE’s offsite-engineered HybriDfma structural solution approach has enabled follow on trades to commence work on the levels below in line with the construction programme and agreed methodology.

Gareth Russell said: “The project is progressing really well, on programme and on budget. It’s great to see the floorplate complete and we’re set to begin steel frame installation WHEN.”