Move away from traditional building method to save cost—Urban Concrete Ltd. CEO

ghana mixThe Chief Executive Officer of Urban Concrete Limited, a precast concrete floor manufacturing company, Ing. Isaac  Afrani, has called on Ghanaians to embrace new trends and technologies currently prevailing in the construction industry.

Speaking in an interview in Accra at the weekend Ing. Afrani said owners of construction projects were demanding better quality, faster construction delivery times and economical ways of putting up their structures; hence the need to use the latest technologies.

“Meanwhile building materials are becoming scarce and more expensive. The old ways of doing things can’t deal adequately with these issues. Engineers are therefore, using technology in innovative ways to meet these demands, hence, the changes you see in the construction industry,” he said.

Ing. Afrani said he was very excited to be contributing to the current improvements in the construction industry in Ghana.

Urban Concrete Ltd. has an innovative product known as Urban Kwik Floor System. It is a precast concrete floor system which consist of precast concrete floor beams (ribs) and concrete floor blocks.

In a storey building, Urban Kwik Floor System is used to construct suspended floor slabs by setting the ribs on the main beams of the structure and arranging the concrete floor blocks on the ribs. A thin layer of overlay concrete is cast over the floor blocks to complete the slab; simple, neat, quick and economical.

On how different the company’s product was from the traditional method, Ing. Afrani said the traditional in-situ method of constructing concrete floors involves sourcing, purchasing, transporting and storing of a lot of building materials at the site.

“A lot of concrete and irons rods are required in casting the floor. A minimum of 21 days is normally required for the concrete to cure before further construction can continue. The traditional in-situ method is tedious, expensive and time consuming,” he said.

He said the Urban Kwik Floor System provides a convenient, quick and cost effective way of constructing concrete floors.

“The precast concrete floor beams and blocks are manufactured under strict quality control in the factory.  After curing, they are delivered and installed at the site. Only a thin layer of overlay concrete is cast over the precast unit at the site. Further construction can continue three days after casting the overlay concrete. The use of Urban Kwik Floor System is very convenient for busy people who don’t have the time, strength and knowledge to supervise if the traditional method is used,” he said.

Throwing more light on the benefits of the Urban Kwik Floor System he said it was a convenient way of constructing concrete floors; saving time and reducing cost by up-to 30 per cent as compared to the traditional in-situ method.

He said as a result of the reduced weight of floors constructed using Urban Kwik Floor System, there is less loading on other members of the structure; beams, columns and foundations.

“Urban Kwik Floor System is also an environmentally friendly way of constructing concrete floors because less timber is required for temporary supports during construction, thus, saving our forest,” he said.

“Urban Kwik Floor System is a successfully proven method of designing and constructing concrete floors. The system has been used extensively in Europe, North America and South Africa. In Ghana, it has been used in constructing homes, offices, churches and schools. Urban Kwik Floor System is custom designed to meet your building requirements by professional engineers using British and Ghanaian standards,” he said.

Urban Concrete Ltd. is an indigenous Ghanaian precast concrete manufacturing company established in 2006. Presently the company’s main focus is on the production of precast concrete floors known as Urban Kwik Floor System. They design, manufacture, deliver and install the Urban Kwik Floor System to ensure that the client achieves full benefit of the technology.

By David Adadevoh

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