Why CFS

SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION

Prefabricated components shorten construction periods compared to traditional construction methods. The time saved using CFS represents 3-5% of overall project value. This is crucial to the project stakeholders and decision makers.


Speed Benefits the project by:

  • Reduced site preliminaries (site management costs)
  • Creation of a ‘rapid dry envelope’ for early fit-out
  • Installation of modular or pre-fabricated services
  • Service integration
  • Earlier return on investment

FLEXABILITY AND ADAPTABILITY

Long Span Steel construction creates column-free spaces allowing internal partitions to be pre-configured on floor plans in to order to meet current and future requirements. Shallow floor systems can provide a ‘flat’ soffit without down-stand beams and permit complete flexibility of internal wall layouts. Light steel internal walls can easily be relocated, leading to fully adaptable buildings.

Cold-formed steel is dimensionally stable and does not expand or contract with moisture exposure; no warping, splitting, cracking or creeping. The material’s imminent strength provides design teams with plan flexibility.

QUALITY

Construction quality is achieved by our factory controlled production. Off-site construction reduces dependency on-site trades and is less prone to delays due to inclement weather. Steel does not suffer from creep or shrinkage and does not rot or decay. Modular components, such as bathrooms and ‘clean rooms’ achieve much greater levels of quality (compared to traditional on-site construction) and can be commissioned and/or tested off-site.

VIBRATION AND ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE

Cold-Formed Steel construction can be designed to achieve high levels of acoustic insulation and low vibration response that meet stringent NHS requirements, without compromising structural efficiency.

THERMAL INSULATION OF CLADDING

Light steel infill walls can provide a higher degree of thermal insulation. The insulation material is placed outside the steel frames to create a ‘warm frame’, which reduces thermal bridging. A variety of cladding materials may be used to provide additional insulation.