The Key Advantages Of The Shell & Core Concept In Construction
With London buildings sinking to new depths underground, there have been some key methodologies being adopted for faster, safer and generally better construction practices.
The Shell and Core design and construction concept, originated in the USA where it was applied to office buildings built by developers for rent. It is a very recent adaptation to modern construction techniques in the UK, that, in essence, creates a blank canvas out of a building. The ‘Shell and Core’ building concept is to plan, design and build the core (inside), which is covered or surrounded by shell (outside). Once the core and shell structures are built, the internal architectural elements (fittings) can be integrated gradually and continually.
The advantages of implementing the shell and core method of construction and design are vast. To help make this more efficient construction method more widely utilised, we’ve compiled this list of the most compelling reasons that Shell and Core is definitely worth consideration, when planning a property development.
Speeds Up The Design & Build Process
Time is money and the Shell and Core construction method was implemented for pace. This technique gives the entire design and build process real momentum, by defining the Core and Shell elements of the building first, while the fittings (what goes inside the shell and core) are determined at a later point. The reason this works so well, is that Core and Shell elements are typically long-lead items (structures, facade) and as such, are the most time-heavy part of a development project. Once the Shell and Core items have been planned, work can proceed without having to wait on the interior details, streamlining the entire development process and saving big on time, effort and ultimately… cost.
Helps With Plans, Designs And Layouts
With the Shell and Core method, there is potential and flexibility for spaces to be used in a variety of ways without altering the fabric of the building. What this means is, developers, architects and end users have the distinct advantage of working with a completely blank canvas to leave their mark on.
Results In The Development Of Green Buildings
Shell and Core construction methods result in the development of more environmentally friendly buildings. Not only are Shell and Core structures built using solid concrete (creating thermal mass that can store heat, helping keep the building cool during the day and stay warm at night), there is also the ability to incorporate more natural light (via windows, skylights and light wells), use recycled steel in the shell and core and insulate concrete forms, amongst the extensive list of additional eco- friendly Shell and Core construction techniques available.
In addition, providing end users with a blank slate helps cut back on the excess waste created when buildings are stripped to make room for alternate fittings…keeping baths, wood, tiles and more out of landfills.
Provides A Better Finish For The End User
With the Shell and Core technique, there is more time to develop the internal fit out, which can provide a better finish for the purchaser/end user. The purchaser has the benefit of aligning the property to their unique requirements and tastes, whether for commercial or private use.
If you would like to know more about Shell and Core construction, contact the experts at Knowles to get your questions answered.