What are precast concrete installations?

Posted: May 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm


Pre-castAt PCL we offer a variety of groundwork services and within this list, we have precast concrete installations.

In simple terms, precast concrete installations consist of casting concrete into moulds or forms to create structural applications.

These structures include:

  • Foundations
  • Beams
  • Floors
  • Walls

The best way to visually understand what these are is by looking at multi-storey car parks. These are primarily made up of hundreds of precast concrete for almost every component of the structure.

Precast concrete installations are one of the more popular choices when it comes to building structures due to a variety of benefits they bring.

 7 Reasons For Choosing Precast Concrete

1. Insulating

This type of foundation involves thermal Inertia, which allows a more constant temperature both in cold and hot regions through the insulating properties.


Concrete isn’t flammable, compared to wooden structures. Not only is the structure able to be maintained for longer periods, but concrete constructions also prevent the spread of fire from one building to another.

In extreme cases such as blasts and natural catastrophes like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods, the concrete structures are able to remain strong.


The casts can be made into a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing versatility in the structural design. The concrete can also be coloured and produced as different textures depending on the design and requirements.

4.Sustainable & Durable

As precast concrete doesn’t require chemical treatment to protect it against rot damage and insect infestations, this makes the upkeep of the structure far more sustainable compared to wooden beams.

Concrete has the ability to last for years and through effective design, this can increase the longevity of the structures.

Due to concrete being made up of natural raw materials (stones, gravels, sand, cement) from locally available sources, this minimises the impact of the environmental cycle.


Advanced technologies are enabling pre-casting plants to create an improved quality product compared to cast-on-sites.


On-site construction using precast concrete is not only faster but also safer as secure working platforms are quickly established.


Due to the speed of the construction and the expense of the materials, this makes precast concrete installations far more affordable compared to other options.


If you’ve now been convinced to go for precast concrete installations for your foundations, get in contact today at http://www.principalcontracting.co.uk/contact-principal-engineering/



United Living – Broxtowe Council

Posted: May 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Picture1.p2ngSince December 2016 until February this year, Principal Contracting Limited have completed works for United Living on behalf of Broxtowe Council in Beeston.

Principal Contracting Limited were hired to work on a project with the council on their Decent Homes programmes, to modernise and improve their properties due to new housing regulations.

These properties are primarily social sector housing and private sector housing for vulnerable people, making it important for these updates to be sorted to improve the tenant’s quality of life and safety.

The works Principle Contracting carried out included; adapting fire escapes to make them safer and easier to use, as well as creating new footpaths that are wider and with ramps, to allow wheelchair access to the properties.

Since this project, Principal Contracting Limited have won another 12-month contract working with United Living on the Broxtowe Borough Council Decent Homes contract.

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