Concrete hall structures - the ideal solution for all types of hall building

 

Concrete has been in use as a modern building material in commercial, industrial and residential construction since the mid 18th Century, and, just like all building technologies, has been evolving constantly ever since. Especially over recent years, concrete has undergone further development in so many respects, meaning that its use today is effectively limitless.

 

Cost-effective hard construction - the price of concrete hall structures

Concrete building methods enable the erection of hard-construction hall buildings while retaining a good price-to-performance ratio. As with every building project, dimensions, fixtures and fittings, and construction methodology, as well as conditions at the site, play an important role. Particularly short construction lead-times can be achieved by the use of prefabricated concrete components. Buildings that make use of unique structural form, or cast-in-situ concrete, present a more considerable challenge. The construction costs for a concrete hall structure can be subdivided into direct construction costs and associated costs. Associated costs include, for example, planning work, structural engineering expenses, costs associated with planning permission processes, as well as estate agency or legal fees.

Concrete - an old building material with a modern side

Cement as a binding material, plus aggregate and water — that was the original recipe for concrete. Nowadays, the construction material has changed both in its appearance and its composition. Additives are used to lend the material, both as a wet mix and a set solution, special characteristics such as delayed setting, an altered consistency, or water impermeability. The DIN EN 206-1 standard contains all the specifications and regulatory requirements for the manufacture of concrete and use of its specialist properties. In hall structure construction, concrete is commonly used in its ferroconcrete form. This composite material combines the high compressive strength of concrete with the excellent tensile strength of constructional steel, and stands up to the all hyper-static demands whilst being applied directly to the project requirements.

Concrete structures - hall buildings with impact

Thanks to its versatility, concrete can be found used as a construction material in almost all its imaginable forms. The configuration as well as the load-bearing structure of a concrete hall depend above all on the intended use of the building. Together with the characteristics of the site itself, the intended use determines the floor-plan configuration. The building’s height varies according to whether it is to be used as a storage space or as a industrial manufacturing space. If the concrete hall is destined to accommodate high-rack warehousing, then the load-bearing structure can simultaneously act as a framework for the shelving. Where vehicles will be circulating in the hall, a stable foundation must be accompanied by a construction design that is resistant to vehicle collision.

Girder load-bearing structures - Surface-Area Load-Bearing Structures

 

Concrete halls are erected following one of two construction principles. Both types have their own advantages and are implemented according to intended use (for instance, as an exhibition hall, industrial space, or warehouse):

  • Girder style load-bearing structures, built with ferroconcrete, consist of supports, crossbars, girders or arches, which, given the great effort involved in their formwork, are generally manufactured as prefab components and then assembled on site. Encastré supports ensure both vertical and transverse stability. Girder style load-bearing structures for concrete halls are a cost-effective option in both industrial and commercial construction. The load-bearing structure is covered with a suitable façade technique. Long-lasting hall buildings that match your needs can be erected with short lead-times.
  • Surface-area load-bearing structures in concrete are commonly used for exhibition halls or hard-construction buildings. Modern church-building is also making increasing use of this construction methodology. The versatility of architectural configuration, as well as the impressive effect of exposed concrete, lead to concrete hall structures which stand out both aesthetically and functionally.

In contrast to ready-built halls, which can mostly be erected with simpler construction methods, concrete halls score highly with respect to their application in hard-construction building, their fire protection characteristics, and the considerable variability of their configuration options. Do get in touch for further information. We are happy to give you substantiated and thorough advice, and to answer any questions you have concerning concrete halls. We are equally happy to help you decide whether the concrete method is ideally-suited to your construction intentions.

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