Vehicle depots - more than just oversized garages

Vehicle depots are sophisticated pieces of architecture which demand in-depth consideration with regard to usage requirements and construction. Whether as a pure shelter, or a functional machinery hall, or even a full-scale appliance room, the unique requirements of such a construction project can best be met by the various construction methods of hall structures.

Hall construction methods for vehicle depots

Vehicle depots are required in various sectors, including for the fire service, for agriculture or simply for companies with larger vehicle pools. Requirements for the depot in each case can be met through construction in steel or concrete. While the steel-skeleton construction method enables light-weight load-bearing structure and a flexible layout, concrete-based methods result in a solid and highly secure building; a safe home for your vehicles. Both methods of construction are made particularly cost-effective through their high degree of prefabrication and short assembly times. The choice of method is determined by budget, usage requirements and your personal taste. If the vehicle depot is to be an extension to a pre-existing building complex, the architecture of the other structures often plays a role in the choice of a particular construction method.

Hall-structure types for vehicles - shelter or exhibition space

Vehicle depots are often required in industrial and commercial construction, and varied types of structure are used to meet these requirements. Minimal functionality, intended simply to shelter vehicle trailers or agricultural machinery, can often be achieved with open-sided hall design, constructed in steel. Structures erected using the steel-skeleton method typically have walls and roofs constructed from trapezoid-steel sections, and one long aspect of the building is kept completely open. A further form of this type of hall construction is known as the closed-steel hall. Large doors on at least two sides of the hall, along with a large internal space uninterrupted by supporting pillars, and a sufficient ceiling height inside the building make for highly-economical as well as flexible structures. If you also intend to use the vehicle depot as a symbol of your organisation, as for instance is the case car dealership buildings, a steel-structured hall with glass and steel components or a concrete structure both offer a wide variety of architectural options. Exposed concrete in particular creates an lavish impression and lends the structure a unique air.

Collision protection - play it safe!

Inside a vehicle depot, it is not uncommon for vehicles to be in motion. So that a possible accident doesn’t cause damage to the structure of the depot itself, appropriate protective measures should be adopted during the planning of the building. Effective systems include ridges to keep vehicles in designated areas, protective bollards, and flexible protective planks. Such equipment can be applied flexibly and absorb large quantities of energy in case of collision, thereby preventing damage to the load-bearing structure.

We are very happy to answer your enquiries concerning vehicle depots and any other questions about the right construction methodology for your project. We can plan your depot from start to finish. Our specialists in warehouse-style construction will take your exact standards and desires into account, combining these with the building requirements to result in a vehicle depot that meets all building standards. To receive an initial proposal, simply get in touch.

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