JPG were appointed to provide structural design services to construct a new 5000T bulk storage facility on behalf of Bedfordshire County Council.
The building incorporated precast perimeter retaining walls, ground bearing slab and a galvanised steel frame over a composite membrane. Given the significant presence of salt, a detailed understanding of the concrete in this environment was required in order to be able to provide an economic long term design solution.
The preliminary design was for a traditional steel framed structure, with internal retaining walls to contain the grit salt. However, Morgan Sindall was keen to explore the potential of a more cost effective method of construction for this project.
JPG structural engineers and Modular Cubed, teamed up with JP Concrete to put together a proposal for an alternative structure. The design would include using a lightweight latticed galvanised steel structure covered with a tensioned composite membrane, supplied by Toro Shelters and precast retaining walls from JP Concrete Products with a fiber reinforced concrete floor slab.
The project was delivered on time and within budget to the delight of the client and main contractor Morgan Sindall.