Building Performance.

MMC Performance

Many architects have always designed for offsite systems, using pre-panelised as a flexible solution that suits a wide array of sites, requirements and project aims. With market expectations and building regulations evolving, we are often asked about building performance when using a steel frame superstructure.

Of course, it does depend on a number of factors related to the finish of the building when targeting specific airtightness and acoustic performance results. The Hadley Construction Technology (HCT) team are on hand to help you achieve premium building performance with expert advice and guidance.

As part of HCT’s product innovation, they built a test house at our Smethwick facility and commissioned testing for airtightness and acoustic performance. The results where excellent and demonstrate what can be achieved with HadleyFRAME.

Airtightness result was 1.24m3/hr/m2

  *Part L residential target is less than 5m3/hr/m2.

Acoustic results:

TestWall / Floor TypeMin. TargetResultPass/Fail by
101673Internal separating wall [HF-IW-TWT02]45dB DnT,w + Ctr62dB DnT,w + CtrPass by +17dB
101674Internal separating wall [HF-IW-TWT04]45dB DnT,w + Ctr57dB DnT,w + CtrPass by +12dB
105434Internal separating floor [HF-IF-FT01]45dB DnT,w + Ctr57dB DnT,w + CtrPass by +12dB
105436Internal separating floor [HF-IF-FT01]62dB L’nT,w + Ctr49dB L’nT,w + CtrPass by +13dB

HF-IW-TWT02: 2x 15mm Gyproc Soundbloc; HadleyWRAPTITE integral; Hadley ResBar; 100mm HadleyFRAME; 100mm Glass Mineral Wool; HadleyResBar 2x 15mm Gyproc Soundbloc

HF-IW-TWT04: 2x 15mm Gyproc Soundbloc; HadleyWRAPTITE integral; 100mm HadleyFRAME; 100mm Glass Mineral Wool; 2x 15mm Gyproc Soundbloc; 50mm HadleyLINE studs; 50mm Glass Mineral Wool; 15mm Gyproc Soundbloc.

HF-IF-FT01: 120mm Compound slab with Cellecta YELOfon HD10+ 


HadleyFRAME is more than a pre-panelised system. The earlier in your journey you discuss your project with our team, the more solutions we can come up with together to achieve your project aims. The team can support you with the expertise in steel framing so that your project gets the most from offsite pre-panelised MMC, of the wider solutions HadleyFRAME offer, and that your project is as efficient and sustainable as possible.

The project below was designed by PF + A Architecture in conjunction with construction company JMEC and resulted in a second project with both companies.

What can you build with offsite pre-panelised steel framing?

  • Small residential buildings and individual houses.

    – The Fold, Jersey, is a compact block of 3 apartments with a traditional façade, squeezed into an infill site in the back lanes of the capital – CLICK HERE to find out more.
    – Duhamel Place is a vertical extension to an existing structure that used a mixture of offsite pre-panelised and onsite panel building to overcome logistic challenges. CLICK HERE to see the structure.

    Whether its a build to rent project or small housing plot, residential developments of any number of units, and from 1 to 15 storeys can be built in pre-panelised MMC. The HadleyFRAME pre-panelised system is fast to erect, it also works well in small, restricted sites, like city center infill plots or down narrow access lanes as it requires minimal laydown space and deliveries can be strategically planned, in both size and frequency to manage site access issues.

  • Low to medium rise residential

    – Nightingale Quarter, Derby, is a large development of 800 homes in the city center. HadleyFRAME worked with Wavensmere to build five apartment blocks on the site. CLICK HERE to find out more.
    – Ingouville House, St Helier, Jersey, is a 6 storey block of 8 apartments with commercial space on the ground floor. CLICK HERE to find out more, and read about this ongoing development.

    Pre-panelised MMC comes into its element when used in low to medium rise buildings, where the units stack to deliver repeating floor layouts. Loads transfer efficiently through the structure, minimising hot-rolled steel transfer beams on lower floors and reducing foundation requirements. Student accommodation, hotels and compact apartments are all great examples of projects with the repeating design that gains the most from pre-panelised construction.

  • Care homes and assisted living

    – Hatfield Manor, Hatfield, is an 81 bed care home built with national care home provider Simply UK on a tight site with a hospital next door. CLICK HERE to find out more, and watch the video case study.
    – Pegusus Lichfield Bonds, Lichfield City Centre, is a development of 62 luxury retirement apartments in the heart of the city. CLICK HERE to find out more, and watch the video case study.

    The demand for care homes and retirement living put pressure on completion times. Using HadleyFRAME can be up to 30% faster than traditional construction, allowing your client to deliver the project to market sooner. The HadleyFRAME warranty is backed by £10m PI Insurance for peace of mind.

  • Hotels

    – Premier Inn, Bath Street, Jersey, is a 5 storey hotel in the £70million flagship tourism development and was erected during the 2020 Covid lockdown. CLICK HERE to find out more.

    Acoustic performance is a key requirement for hotel projects, and our systems performance exceeds regulations by up to 17Db in a real building environment.

Collaborative Construction

“Building in Hadley is the future for JMEC, I don’t know why anyone would use anything else.”

Building with Hadley is much faster and more reliable than traditional construction. We don’t have to manage multiple tradesmen on site, no more chasing bricklayers, no more delays from poor weather. Duhamel Lane was a head scratcher at first due to the awkward site, but when we got Hadley involved after seeing their work in Derby, they far exceeded our expectations on delivery. We have another project underway, Ingouville House, and all 6 storeys were erected on time in just 6 weeks. 

One of the things I value most from the Hadley team is their attitude. There is always a solution. And it never starts with the sharp intake of breath, chin scratching and ‘that will cost you’ standard contractor response. They usually come back with options too and consider the wider project aims from the outset so we are always focused on the same goal.

John McGranahan
Managing Director, JMEC

What did we build with JMEC?

The Fold, Duhamel Lane, St Helier.

Designed with an asymmetrical sloping mansard roof and terrace, this block of 3 apartments nestles into a tight infill site in the quiet back streets of the capital.

The finished building blends in with the traditional neighbours, while utlising modern elements in the façade that give a hint to the luxury apartments within.

Interested in our work on the island of Jersey?

We have now completed 6 projects, you can read about them here.


Read the full case study offline

What is HadleyFRAME?

MMC in the UK

The site was logistically challenging due to the limited access and high traffic volume to neighbouring properties. With significant restriction on lay-down space, there was tight control over delivery sequences to avoid overloading the site while remaining on target to achieve program.

Working with Simply UK, the HadleyFRAME team recently topped out on a 3 storey care home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The scheme will produce 81 beds with an overall internal floor area of 4399m2. The programme duration for the steel framing was 15 weeks (excluding wind delays).

MMC System details

Read the specifics of the HadleyFRAME pre-panelised light gauge steel frame system to see how it can work with your project.

© 2024