Design and Build, Doncaster
- Client: Eldred Group Holdings Ltd
- Sector: Private - Industrial
- Type: New Build
- Procurement Method: Competitive Tender
- Location: Doncaster
- Project Value: c £1.5M
This project involved a traditional build with contractor design portions of a new high bay, steel frame unit for our repeat client in Doncaster. The construction is a 15M-high steel frame structure and profile clad building, incorporating a new contractor-designed FM slab to take the internal racking. This scheme included fire protection & working methods to suit the adjacent ‘live’ railway environment.
The initial challenge was to complete the complicated design process in a very short time frame. The challenge then involved ensuring works in and around the nearby industrial units/complex were undertaken with no negative impact or disruption to the staff and operations. We were in consultation with the warehouse manager about planned work and forward planning of large deliveries, minimising any disruptions. Co-ordination of all new incoming services, statutory connections and disconnections was also critical to achieving the required handover dates for completion.
The steel frame erection involves high bay columns within 10M of the adjacent railway boundary, with close liaising and approvals obtained during the construction process. The estate is next to a built up residential area, with noisy excavation and crushing operations required as part of the works, so keeping noise levels low was key. The industrial units on the estate all remained live & working throughout the construction period, with shared access roads all available for the client’s transport, loading and unloading operations. The new slab was installed within tight tolerances allowing for our client’s new high bay racking and specialist lifting equipment.
We also had to liaise with Network Rail Asset Management to ensure the works could be carried out to meet their requirements, including provision and agreement of licences, lifting plans and safe methods of works. A fire protection design was incorporated along the railway elevation. All concrete crushing and general plant utilised was of minimal noise disturbance status, with filters used as required.
Despite unforeseen ground conditions being encountered, we managed to maintain and complete the work to the agreed programme, mitigating early delays and ensuring the racking installation works and electrical service installation (direct by the Employer) could be incorporated and access provided in order to maintain the tight programme delivery. We managed to work very closely with the Employer’s on-site team to ensure deliveries and operation restrictions were adhered to, thus ensuring their day-to-day activities were not affected.