McAvoy Wins at Digital Construction Live

We are delighted to have won ‘Most Innovative Digital Project £5m+’ at the Digital Construction Live awards last night, for the Pre-Boarding Zone McAvoy delivered at Dublin Airport DUB.

The boarding zone was constructed offsite to reduce the programme for earlier occupation to meet the rising demand for flights from the airport. It was manufactured at McAvoy’s offsite manufacturing facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and was craned into position in just 16 days as 77 steel-framed modules, up to 12m long and weighing up to 13 tonnes each.

Clear uninterrupted spans of over 19m were required for the 120m long facility. This was achieved by engineering the building modules to incorporate hot rolled structural steel beams which removed the requirement for internal columns. External glazing was factory installed to create a weatherproof envelope for fitting out. Five roof-mounted modular plant rooms were also fabricated offsite and delivered fully fitted with extensive mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations.

The Seismic platform also won ‘Best Offsite/Modular Innovation’ and we were honoured to accept this award on behalf of the wider consortium.

The Seismic demonstrator is the culmination of a four-year project developed by a consortium comprising consultancy blacc, offsite manufacturers Algeco UK and McAvoy, Tata Steel, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the National Composite Centre (NCC) and Specific (part of Swansea University).

Designed in line with the government’s Construction 2025 targets, it exceeds them in every way, delivering a building that is 75% faster to complete, 70% lower in carbon impact and 47% better value than traditional construction.

One of the unique aspects of the project is the combination of three manufacturers working independently on the same building. The demonstrator shows this to good effect incorporating systems from McAvoy, Elliott Group and Tata Steel.