central bedford council.
rock salt storage building
We were asked by Toro Shelters to help price for a new 5,000T salt barn in Bedfordshire. We would take care of the design & construction of the reinforced concrete foundations and floor, and the precast retaining walls.
The original design was for a traditional steel-framed building with internal retaining walls to contain the grit salt. However, the main contractor - Morgan Sindall, was keen to find a cheaper method of construction.
Together with the structural engineers JPG and Toro Shelters, we came up with a new design, using a lightweight galvanised steel structure covered with a tensioned membrane and precast retaining walls. The floor would be changed to a fibre-reinforced slab.
The key to us winning this project was our ability to value-engineer the design and modifying the floor design for storing a highly corrosive material.
We take site safety seriously and were chuffed to receive Morgan Sindall's health & safety award for the month of December.