Cross-sector use and high pour pressure mark out Leada Acrow’s Mammut 350 offering.
One of the advantages of the newly launched Mammut 350 formwork is its versatility, says its supplier Leada Acrow.
The system, which features a new hot-dip galvanised coating, can be used in a wide variety of construction projects, including civil, commercial and residential buildings.
“Put simply: we believe it is the best panel system in the market, it’s the most versatile and offers the highest pour pressure,” says Leada Acrow director Barry Furlong.
The Mammut 350 panel system covers a range of different heights and widths from 1.25 m x 0.25 m to 3.5 m x 2.5 m, and can be used horizontally or vertically.
In their original forms the Mammut panel systems have been around for some time. However, the upgraded galvanised system has been brought into Leada Acrow’s range, after the firm renewed a multi-million-pound deal with formwork manufacturer MEVA. It is the biggest investment in formwork in Leada Acrow’s history, thanks to its parent company A-Plant.
The new version boasts a protective zinc coating, instead of a powder coating used on the previous system. The company says the panels are easier to maintain and more environmentally friendly to produce.
“We’ve had a lot of interest… with people wanting to find out more”
Barry Furlong, Leada Acrow
The panels have an Alkus plastic plywood face which gives a “smooth clean finish”, Mr Furlong says. “The uniform symmetry of the tie positions for holding the shutter together when you pour the concrete give a symmetrical appearance to the finish, which is advantageous from an architectural perspective.”
Leada Acrow says the system allows for a concrete pour pressure of 100 kN / sq m, enabling any rate of pouring up to a height of 4 m, regardless of ambient temperature or concrete composition. Rapid pours are possible on very high structures, which – combined with easy assembly of the largest panels that have a surface area of 8.75 sq m – helps speed up the overall construction process, the company says.
The Mammut 350 is offered on a rental basis from Leada Acrow, which offers a full design service and ongoing maintenance of the equipment. This allows construction companies to avoid costly initial capital expenditure in purchasing formwork equipment, and eliminates the ongoing costs of in-house servicing.
The Mammut 350 has already attracted plenty of attention, with potential clients coming forward. “We’ve had a lot of interest, particularly on social media, with people wanting to find out more,” Mr Furlong says. “It’s nice to see that instant reaction.” In early April the company took delivery of the first of the new panels at its service centre in Romford from MEVA in Germany.
Devons Road mixed-tenure housing project in Bow, east London
The interest has already translated into new business. Croydon-based subcontractor P Colohan & Co has hired the Mammut 350 system to help build four reinforced concrete frames, which will make up residential blocks at phase four of Galliford Try Partnerships’ Devons Road mixed-tenure housing project in Bow, east London (pictured above). Of the four blocks, the highest is 20 storeys.
Looking ahead, the company aims to target London due to the substantial number of commercial and residential projects in the capital. “Due to the high customer interest over recent weeks, we are putting together designs and quotes at the moment,” Mr Furlong says.
“Overall, the Mammut 350 will give us a boost in the marketplace. Everybody in the company is excited by the possibilities this presents.”