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Verteka PSF gives lift to students in central London accommodation (Jan 09)
12th January 09


Working with Getjar, Mansell, The Walsh Group and Jestico + Whiles, Verteka will provide the lift core and stair core for Unite's Student Accommodation project at Bartholomew Road in central London.  This project represents Verteka' continuing penetration into new markets, with PSF contributing structural stability to Unite's Pod based student accommodation system.

While Verteka PSF has featured in residential construction previously, PSF's speed of construction has been recognized by Getjar as an advantage in 'jumping' the respective  cores over the 5 storeys' using Verteka's modular system.

The core consists of a lift shaft component  and adjoining modules making up the surrounding stair core.  Once the foundation slab is complete, erection of the PSF core can commence immediately, without the set up (and take down time) associates with slip and jump form systems.

Installation rates are  targeting  one storey per day.  This  speed of erection combined with minimal temporary works, reduced labour and plant and MMC synergies with the  pod system are some of the benefits anticipated to be realised by Getjar and the project team.

With the majority of PSF's key construction elements; steel fixing and shuttering – safely undertaken at ground level and  in factory conditions, the resultant structural walls and modules are delivered to site  finished with a level of quality that is 'near ready to decorate'.  PSF thus contributes to the common thread of innovation and 'right first time' objectives championed by the Developer and Project Team members.

ALSO NEW:   Jump Form solution:

Verteka have developed a slab / wall interface strip which allows PSF walls and cores to be 'jumped' in advance of the superstructure.  A Verteka designed embedment plate provides containment for the concrete filling as well as a simple yet structural reinforced continuity system adjoining PSF walls to slab. Moreover the Verteka continuity system disposes of any temporary covering system, thus contributing environmentally towards reduced waste.

 Verteka project works commenced on site early January 2009.  Progress photos available soon – please check back.