CCL completed post-tensioning works on EPHAD Combarel, a new accommodation facility for the dependent elderly in Rodez, France. 

The facility has been designed as energy-efficient and will be part of the Combarel eco-district, an urban area where new sustainable developments are built to adapt to the local surroundings. The EPHAD will create living space for 87 residents and include an inviting courtyard area with green space and views of the surrounding landscapes.

CCL was brought in to provide the post-tensioning (PT) design, supply materials, lease equipment and carry out the installation of the post-tensioning tendons for the transfer slab on the upper ground floor. Two concrete pours were required for the 400 mm transfer slab, which was separated by an expansion joint.

Designing the transfer slab as PT delivered significant benefits for CCL’s client and for the structure. These include a reduction in the amount of concrete used when compared to traditional reinforced concrete due to the thinner slab achieved by PT; a reduction in the number of drop beams; enhanced durability; and improved crack resistance. A significantly faster construction schedule was achieved because of less complicated rebar shaping, compared to traditional methods, and faster stripping of shuttering allowed quicker redeployment of formwork.

CCL was selected by the frame contractor, Lagarrigue because of the complete service offered by the company, from the design through to the installation on site.