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Released: August, 2012

CAS & Alimak Hek are shortlisted in the Construction News Awards 2012

CAS Ltd & Alimak Hek Ltd have been shortlisted in the Product Innovation Category of the Construction News Awards 2012 for our Construction Hoists and Common Tower Access System.

Construction Access Systems shortlisted for 2012 Construction News Awards

Construction News Awards

These awards are probably the most prestigious in the UK with the Construction News being one of the highest readerships in the UK construction industry The project includes a pair of the innovative ALIMAK SCANDO 650 FC-S 100 m/min high speed construction hoist and a MAMMOTH ALIMAK hoist with a 3m x 4.6m car and a SWL of 5500 kg which together with the CAS COMMON TOWER system ensures the fast movement of men and materials with increased efficiency and costs savings on high rise construction projects.


Released: February, 2012

Alimak Hek and CAS rise to new heights On The Tower, One St George Wharf Project

Brookfield Multiplex has installed a high speed Hoist and Common Tower Access System which is now fully operational at The Tower, One St George Wharf, London SW8. This is a St George South London project and this tower will reach a height of 185m making it one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe.

Brookfield Multiplex Europe proposed using this type of system and Alimak Hek Ltd and Construction Access Systems (CAS) of Cambridge were contracted to produce the system.

A pair of the innovative Alimak Scando 650FCS 100mtr/min high speed construction hoists have been installed, and are specifically designed to speed up construction time and save costs. On The Tower full height transit time has been reduced to just 90 seconds, compared to over 4 minutes using standard hoists. The hoists also incorporate VFC drives which have improved levelling accuracy and further power savings of around 30% have also been achieved, which makes it great value for money.

The CAS Common Tower System is manufactured from aluminium alloy to minimise weight and has a small 5m x 5m footprint yet it is capable of running multiple hoists simultaneously. This allows all material and personnel hoists to be concentrated in one area, which streamlines loading efficiency at ground level. The system installed at The Tower also incorporates a 3m x 4.6m ‘Mammoth’ hoist from Alimak Hek with a safe working payload of 5500kg which is crucial for the fast movement of large materials required for modern buildings.

With all hoists operating simultaneously it minimises waiting times for men and materials, especially at peak times. Unlike other systems the CAS Common Tower provides an open clear (5m x 5m) landing space at each floor to allow an enhanced and safe flow of materials in and out of the hoists.

As only the common tower, and not the hoists, are tied directly into the building, it means external cladding can be applied to the whole building during construction with the exception of the 4.5 metre access openings at each level. As a result there are far fewer panels to replace at the end of the project, which dramatically speeds up de-rigging.

The combination of the Alimak Hoists and Common Tower not only saves time and boosts efficiency during the construction phase but is also far quicker to install and remove than conventional stand-alone hoist systems, so there are major savings at the start and end of the project as well.


Released: October, 2011

CAS low profile hoist tower streamlines construction at The Tower One St George Wharf

Cambridge-based Construction Access Systems (CAS) working in conjunction with the University of Southampton Research Institute for Industry (RIFI) has developed an innovative low profile, common tower system designed to speed up construction and save costs on high rise construction projects up to 70 storeys or 300 metres. The first system is now in use at St George South London’s 50 storey The Tower One St George Wharf project.

Manufactured from aluminium alloy to minimise weight, and fully stress tested by RIFI, the CAS common tower has a mere 5 x 5 metre footprint yet is capable of running multiple hoists simultaneously. This allows all material and personnel hoists to be concentrated in one area, which streamlines loading efficiency at ground level. With all hoists operating simultaneously it minimises waiting times for men and materials, especially at peak times.

Using the latest Alimak Scando 650 FCS 100mtr/min high speed hoists will reduce full height transit time on St George’s Tower to just 90 seconds compared to over 4 minutes using standard hoists. The common tower also accommodates a 3mtr x 4.6 metre ‘Mammoth’ hoist with a payload of 5500kg.

As only the common tower, and not the hoists, are tied directly into the building, it means external cladding can be applied to the whole building during construction with the exception of the 4.5 metre access openings at each level. As a result there are far fewer panels to replace at the end of the project, which dramatically speeds up de-rigging.

CAS’s managing director Tony Faulkner commented, “The savings in time that our common tower creates are a real boost to efficiency during the construction phase. In addition, our common towers are far quicker to install and remove than conventional hoist systems, so there are major savings at the start and end of the project as well. High rise developments are becoming more common in city centres throughout Europe, and with construction costs continually rising, using our common tower in conjunction with high speed high capacity hoists makes so much sense for these major projects.”


This press release has been published in the following publications:

Access International

Civic & Public Building

Architects Datafile

buildingtalk.com

Construction National