Precast concrete frames are well established for the construction of low-rise and multi-storey offices and for elevated car parks. There are also many examples of precast concrete frames in retail, industrial and warehousing developments. Their record of success is such that a precast concrete frame should always be included when alternative methods of construction for any new building project are being assessed.
 Without this, clients or their professional advisers may well miss the sic ant benefits which precast concrete frames have to offer. The problem has been that there is a wealth of general and detailed information on many structural forms, but surprisingly little to help engineers and architects to achieve a full understanding of precast concrete building structures and their procurement.
This publication is intended to fill this gap by providing a detailed review of the subject and thereby promoting a greater awareness and understanding of precast concrete frame buildings. It has been written particularly for those less familiar with this form of construction, but will also be of interest to all engineers, architects and others concerned with the procurement of buildings. Kim Elliott is a Lecturer at Nottingham University in the Department of Civil Engineering, where he has supervised research into various aspects of precast concrete frames. Previously he worked for a major precast concrete manufacturer.
Alan 'lbvey is Associate Director, Building and Structures, within the Technical Marketing Division of the British Cement Association, with particular responsibility for precast concrete. Before that he was involved in the design and construction of precast concrete buildings for one of the largest precast concrete manufacturers in the UK.

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