Beam & block floors

Bison Precast beam and block flooring system is quick, easy and economical to install. It offers numerous advantages, including improved acoustic performance and fire resistance. It is particularly suitable for intermediate flooring for houses where sound reduction, fire resistance and thermal mass are amongst its key benefits. The system consists of inverted pre-stressed T-beams with either lightweight aircrete (Thermalite) or dense and medium dense aggregate block infill.

Beam and block is a robust solution for cost-effective suspended floors. It is suitable for use on ground and upper floors in all kinds of construction, from residential to commercial buildings.

Beam & Block Overview - View

BEAM & BLOCK FLOORS - OVERVIEW

Inverted T-Beams

Bison Precast prestressed concrete beams exhibit an upward curve known as camber, which is a result of the compressive force near the bottom generated by the prestressing tendons. An allowance of span/300 should be taken into account in floor finishes or bearing levels.

Inverted T-Beams and Split Blocks

Split Blocks can be supplied in two sizes
1. To suit 150mm high beams
2. To suit 225mm high beams

Beam & Block Systems

TYPICAL LAYOUT
Beam and block floors offer a simple and robust detailing. The main details ar represented here, but for construction purposes please refer to site specific layout drawings by Bison Precast.

  1. 150mm or 225mm prestressed beam
  2. 100mm deep building block infill
  3. Split course block
  4. Damp-proof course
  5. Insulation (if required)
  6. Membrane (if required)
  7. Air Vents
  8. Finish screed/concrete topping to architect’s specification

Bison Flooring supply Beam and Block components to suit your project requirements. We can supply the Inverted pre-stressed T-Beams only, or both the Inverted T-Beams with split blocks, we can also provide a full Beam and Block System to your design and specification. We also manufacture Thermalite Aircrete Blocks and Conbloc Aggregate Blocks, please visit our Product Selector to see the full range.

Beam and Block Technical Details

TYPICAL LAYOUT

Beam and block offers simple and robust detailing as illustrated below. For construction purposes please refer to site-specific layout drawings provided by Bison Precast.

EDGE DETAIL PARALLELED TO SPAN

Section showing edge block laid on a split course block and built into the perimeter wall.

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STAGGERING BEARING

Section showing beams sharing a minimum 100mm bearing on internal wall.

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LOAD SUPPORTED OFF FLOOR

Section showing multiple beams concreted together to support wall over. Number of beams and centres required are dependent on the weight of the wall.

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EDGE DETAIL PERPENDICULAR TO SPAN

Beam ends laid onto a DPC and spaced out using the block infill, with a minimum of 100mm bearing. Blocks are bedded onto split course blocks and built into the wall.

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CHANGE OF SPAN DIRECTION

Section showing the change in direction of beam span and the maximum cantilever allowing for run-out purposes.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE

  • Prestressed beams span further, reducing foundation costs
  • Superior levels of fire resistance and sound reduction
  • Superior load-span capability enabling use in a wide variety of applications
  • Unaffected by damp, rot or vermin

SIMPLICITY OF CONSTRUCTION

  • Quick to install
  • Working platform for early access for follow-on trades

QUALITY BENEFITS

  • Available nationwide either supply only or supply and install
  • Complies with all relevant standards and manufactured in accordance with BS EN 15037

SUSTAINABLE

  • Thermal mass helps reduce carbon footprint over the lifetime of the building