Qatar Spacemaker

“That was a massive project and we did it in 54 days. When you see the scale of the development, it’s an impressive achievement and everybody I talk to about the project can’t believe it was done in such a short time.”

Qatar Spacemaker: residential housing

Total control of construction

“We were looking for something that was less labour intensive and didn’t require high skill levels,” says Paul Wykes, Specialist Divisions manager for Spacemaker. “After looking at many options, we felt light gauge steel fitted the bill because it seemed faster and semi skilled labour could cope with the work.

“We looked at several systems including some systems where you had to pay a royalty per lineal metre of steel used. We didn’t want that. We wanted full control. The FRAMECAD machinery, service and back-up maintenance suited us much better and we were impressed with the technology.”

Spacemaker currently has two FRAMECAD machines and has now ordered two additional machines, including the compact 300i ‘Factory in a Can’. Paul believes the 300i will improve the company’s ability to service other markets throughout the Middle East. “Basically, we can put the machine in a container and ship it to wherever it’s required and manufacture framing on site. If we can build more efficiently, we can build faster and that’s what’s required in this region.”

Setting the pace

To keep up with demand and further streamline their production process, Spacemaker has recently moved into a new purpose-designed production facility. “Everything that goes into a Spacemaker building, whether it’s a private villa or a workforce accommodation camp, is all produced in the one place.”

Using FRAMECAD technology, Spacemaker has streamlined and refined its manufacture to a point where seemingly impossible building deadlines are being achieved on a regular basis. A prime example is the 13000 m2 Qatar Leadership Centre of Excellence built in record time – just 54 days.

“Urgent deadlines are a fact of life here in Qatar and we’ve had to adapt to be able to cope,” explains Paul. “We have learned from long experience that you have to be able work smarter, faster and more efficiently to meet their demands.”

Features and benefits

  • Building with FRAMECAD light gauge steel framing was faster and more efficient than timber
  • FRAMECAD System ideally suited to local and semi-skilled labour supply
  • FRAMECAD’s high quality materials meet international and GCC specifications and fire resistance
  • Steel framing chosen for its superior fire resistance, and ability to withstand temperatures up to 1000C°

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