Warehouses - the core building in any industrial construction
A warehouse building in the industrial construction sector must have a specific design that matches its usage requirements. Functionality is particularly important in this respect, and can be delivered through a pillar-free internal space or a weight-bearing foundation (amongst other methods). Construction methodology options for warehouses include both steel-skeleton as well as concrete-based structures.
What will be stored? The foundation stone of the design concept
The planned design must be matched specifically to the requirements placed on the environment by the goods due to be stored there. Bulk goods and other dry wares require neither thermal insulation nor any special protection from rising damp: rather the design focus is on the total storage area required, as well as on potential capacity for future extension. In such a case, the preferred option is a steel-frame warehouse with an outer shell of steel-trapezoidal covering. Should the requirements of the goods to be stored be greater, for instance in the case of food products, appropriate protective measures to control for temperature and humidity must also be incorporated into the design. Sometimes automatic ventilation systems are also necessary to ensure the quality of the stored goods is protected.
Warehouses - functionality above all
The highest principle in the design of warehouses is functionality. A warehouse must be well designed for its internal circulation. The facility must also be lockable to ensure security, and the available storage space must be put to effective use. Experience, as well as an intelligent layout of floor space, play an important role in this process. The dimensions of the warehouse, as well of as its doors and circulation routes, are sufficient to allow for the smooth manoeuvring of all the vehicles in use: fork-lifts, cranes, and lifting systems. In this respect it is not only depth and breadth that must be considered, but also height. Automatic door systems, which should be specified on at least two aspects of the warehouse building, ensure unimpeded circulation, and a sufficiently-large surface area inside the warehouse itself enables vehicles to turn and navigate smoothly. The foundations of the warehouse must also be planned to tolerate the loads associated with goods expected to be stored. Where damp-sensitive goods are to be stored, we recommend the use of a bitumen-based damp proofing layer. Where rising ground water is a consideration, we recommend the use of impermeable concrete as a damp proofing layer. In assessing the building foundations, the relevant safety accompaniments ensure a sufficient reserve.
Cost-effectiveness with the right construction method
Warehouses are primarily built using the large hall-style construction methodology. Kit halls with type-tested mechanical engineering characteristics and pre-planned design details are particularly cost-effective. This saves costs, allows for a rapid construction lead-time, and planning permission processes are usually shortened. Another factor in cost-efficiency is a design that allows for future extensions to increase storage capacity.
Our approach means warehouses are constructed cost-effectively and in exact accordance with client specifications. Experienced architects and engineers will focus on your construction needs and take on all tasks: from project planning right through to the moment you receive the keys to the completed building. At every step throughout the development of the project we ensure you are involved and able to incorporate your specialist industry knowledge into our planning process. Get in touch today for further information!
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