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University of Glasgow

Project data

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

The University of Glasgow is undergoing construction to build a new Learning and Teaching Hub, which is being delivered by MULTIPLEX. The hub is made of three exposed concrete cores, all of which were required to rise in tandem to meet the construction schedule.


Due to the site’s location, space was limited when constructing the hub and was further reduced, as the customer needed all three cores in this area to rise simultaneously. Transport arrangements had to also contribute to an
efficient construction sequence by ensuring material was on site only when required.

The structure of core one was more complex than the other two cores, as it changes shape half way up the building. This meant that our climbing anchors could not be installed in a straight line. In addition to the cores, we had to deliver an exposed concrete finish on columns as high as 10m. These had to be cast in a single pour, leaving our designers to make this work within formwork limitations.


Careys Civil Engineering

Customer's benefit

Efficient scaffolding solution provided access to multiple levels

Technical expertise enabled unusual pour heights to be achieved

Climbing arrangement accommodated changes in structure


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PERI solution

All three main cores were formed using our VARIO GT 24 girder formwork, an obvious design choice for the specified architectural finish.

Formwork ascended hydraulically on our light Rail Climbing System (RCS-CL) for cores two and three, which was specifically designed to lift six platforms simultaneously.

For the lift on core one, we used a combination of the CB climbing system and RCS. This enabled formwork and working platforms to accommodate structural changes and kept repositioning to a minimum.


For a more in-depth look at the University of Glasgow project, download our case study.