Eastbourne College

MFS were awarded the contract by VINCI Construction to carry out the installation of the Xella Silka Element System at their College development. We installed 2,500m2 of 150mm and 215mm elements over the 3 storeys of the classroom block. Each block is laid on thin joint mortar and is placed using a mini motorised crane. Precast concrete floors where then placed on to the walls at each level. All works including the floor installation took 7 weeks to complete.

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Construction at a glance:

Location: Eastbourne
Client: VINCI Construction for Eastbourne College
Build TypeResidential High Rise
No of Units: Several classrooms, over 3 storeys
Status: Completed Project.
Build Duration: Completed May 2016, 7 weeks on site.
MFS System: Xella Silka Element System

Additional build requirements:

  • Structural steel frame
  • Precast concrete floor planks
  • Roof trusses
Eastbourne College MFS Construction

Project Details

Set in a beautiful location, the iconic Eastbourne College has taught many of the world’s great and good. The College decided to undergo a complete overhaul of their dining, sporting and recreational facilities. VINCI Construction UK won the £22.5 million project and were delighted to be working with them to complete aspects of the build.

We constructed primarily the new classroom buildings. Of which the key feature was the use of the Silka large format blocks to create the load bearing walls which are 25N in strength. Each block is laid on thin joint mortar and is placed using a mini motorised crane.

The whole development completed in may 2017 to fit in with the College’s plans to commemorate its 150 years since its founding.

We achieved optimal results from designing a building with the system in mind rather than adapting a design intended for another methodology.

MFS took over our Silka works on our Eastbourne College project after problems with our Belgian contractor.

Being an experienced thin bed contractor, MFS got to grips with the intricacies of the system including the critical sequencing of the build to access the works with the material handler. MFS invested in further training of their operatives in the system and equipment including material handling which was a grey area regards CPCS certification. There were some sequencing delays by other trades… but MFS proved to be flexible in accommodating.

Mike Rosier , Senior Project Manager, VINCI Construction UK Ltd

Construction Achievements:

0 weeks
less time on site
Reduction in Labour
Less waste on site
Overall build saving

Key Performance Indicators


  • 26 weeks in planning and design

  • 12 weeks in Dfma

  • 32 weeks on site


  • Weeks less time on site than a traditional build

  • Significant reduction in overall build spend

  • 50% less labour required

  • 100% less waste on site

  • Reduction in defects and higher build accuracy

  • No internal scaffolding

  • Lower insurance risk and costs

  • Occupation weeks earlier than traditional builds


  • Fully load bearing: Up to 10 storeys

  • Thin Joint Mortar: Sets within 2 hours vs traditional 24

  • Fire resistant: Excellent 4hrs+

  • Acoustic: Excellent

  • Thermal: Good

  • Green Credentials: A rated


  • Design Warranty for MFS design & builds

  • NHBC Approved and BBA Certified

  • Part E & Part L Building regs

  • Meets Approved Document A3 Disproportionate Collapse Class 2A & 2B

  • BIM compliant

  • Advanced and environmentally friendly manufacturing process

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