Company History

Proudly in business for more than 35 years

Speedwall Building Systems was founded in 1985 by the late Frank Layzell, a UK educated engineer who designed the system to address some of the difficulties he had encountered in his engineering experiences around the world.

Having been brought up on the tough streets of London's East End, Frank Layzell went against the grain and was qualified as both a structural and civil engineer with a BSG Civil & Structural Engineering (Hons) from the University of London - in his day this was quite remarkable. Frank began his career working for various UK engineering firms eventually ending up as the Managing Director of one of the UK largest civil engineering firms.

In the early 1980's Frank embarked on a number of major scale international engineering projects in China, Africa and Latin America. It was working in these often difficult environments that Frank first devised the concept for what has now become the Speedwall Building System. 

Very early on Frank recognised the need to design a technology which would effectively standardise much of the construction process in emerging markets. The system should not rely on there being skilled labour and it must be able to be deployed in areas that were often difficult to reach by major transport routes. In summary the tfirst incarnation of echnology was been designed to meet five major criteria:

i) The cost of construction must be low yet the structure must be extremely durable; 
ii) The technology can be labour intensive but not skills intensive; 
iii) The rate of production, although using unskilled labour, must be very high 
iv) The construction technology should reduce the requirement for lots of heavy equipment 
v) The technology should be transportable and be capable of being operated in remote areas.   

Frank had also observed that many of the structures that were built in the Third World countries he had visited were built by the occupiers of the homes. Unfortunately without any construction knowledge they were prone to collapse as a result of bad engineering, poor formwork, inadequate structural design and inferior building materials.

He also observed that most of the people that lost their lives in natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes did so because their homes and places of work collapsed on their occupants.

Frank felt it was necessary to design a system that would be resistant to natural events and would minimise the possibility of building collapse. Hence Speedwall building structures are light-weight, yet incredibly strong with the end structure being monolithic making the structures almost impossible to collapse.

Thirty five years on, the Speedwall Building System has evolved with the advancing development of computer electronics and improved pneumatic and welding control technologies. Whereas the first Speedwall machines could manufacture 10 panels per day, our latest mobile factories are capable of producing more than 200 panels per day.

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