May 16, 2020

BAM targets BREEAM Excellent in £10m Bradford Advanced Technology Centre

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BAM targets BREEAM Excellent in £10m Bradford Advanced Technology Centre
BAM is to build a £10 million Advanced Technologies Centre for Bradford College, creating a three-storey building across the road from the campus...

BAM is to build a £10 million Advanced Technologies Centre for Bradford College, creating a three-storey building across the road from the campus it is currently building for the college in the centre of the Yorkshire city.

The 3,650 sqm Advanced Technologies Centre will have capacity for 650 students aged 16 and over. It will allow them to gain skills in manufacturing disciplines including electrical engineering and sustainable technology. About one in four people in Bradford works in advanced technologies.

BAM is aiming for an Excellent rating through sustainability scheme BREEAM, with features to include solar panels, a bio-diverse roof and super-efficient plant. The company will engage with students at the college during the construction project to ensure it maximises the benefits of the scheme to the community.

It has also pledged to use as many local suppliers and sub-contractors as possible during the one-year project.

BAM is also currently working on a six-storey campus for Bradford College on Great Horton Road as part of the college's development strategy. The new contract follows other recent successes for BAM in the Yorkshire region.

The company recently secured the new York offices for global insurer Hiscox, and the construction of the new Airedale factory, plus new facilities for Barnsley College. Together with the priority schools in Hull and East Rising, BAM’s recent wins in the region are valued at around £150 million.

Currently 80 percent of BAM's supply chain spend for the scheme has gone to companies within 50 miles of the site. It expects to use some of the sub-contractors on the new project.

BAM Construction Manager Jason Pink said: ‘We are delighted to be working on another part of Bradford College's ambitious and progressive development plans. Having built a good working relationship with the college and our suppliers on the new campus project, we look forward to taking this momentum into the latest scheme. BAM will work hard and use all our skills to ensure the advanced technology centre benefits students, lecturers and the wider community for many years to come.’

Work is due to start on the advanced technologies centre later this summer, with completion in May 2015.

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Jun 18, 2021

China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours

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Broad Group, a private manufacturing enterprise located in China has constructed a 10-storey steel apartment in 28 hours

The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”. 

A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.


Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce. 

Broad Group’s “Living Building” system

Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said. 

As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption. 

Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness. 

Other Broad Group projects 

Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built. 

In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days. 


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