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Site modules erected with just a spanner

MATERIALS Cutting Edge

A NEW construction system could help provide hospital treatment for disaster victims.

Invented by Surrey-based engineer David Appleford, the AcerMetric system ensures a fully weatherproof building can be erected using just one spanner.

The buildings can be broken down into a series of panels that feature interlocking clamps set at the edge of each panel.

These clamps can then be tightened using a single-sized socket key, fixing the panels together to form the sides, base and roof of the building.

Manufactured using timber and laminate panels, the system can be used for providing site off ices, house extensions, temporary barrack buildings and emergency centres in disaster relief zones.

The same insulated wooden framed panels, covered with recycled plastic, plywood or metal skins, can be used for walls and f loors, according to the company, and some can be supplied fitted with double glazed windows and doors so that unskilled workers can easily install the building system.

AcerMetric claimed the system does not need foundations other than a firm base and when the building is no longer needed it can easily be unscrewed, dismantled and stored for future use.

Mr Appleford revealed he has already received enquiries for supplying an apartment hotel and holiday villas.