ADEPT MOVE ONTO NEXT APPOINTMENT TO BUILD £MULTI-MILLLION DISTRIBUTION CENTRE IN DONCASTER
Adept are playing a key role in the creation of one of the UK’s largest and most innovative distribution centres on the outskirts of Doncaster.
Next Plc also commissioned Adepts first drone flight to capture aerial footage of progress at the vast site.
Adept are working with main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and steelwork contractor Billington Structures on the 58,000 square metre, 25 metre high distribution centre and offices for retail giant Next. Work on-site is now well underway and almost 5,000 tonnes of steel is being used to create the impressive and modern structure.
Managing Director from Adept Erol Erturan says: “Our firm has been responsible for both the concept and detailed design for the project and we are delighted to be working on this exciting project. With this project for Next, and a raft of other distribution centre builds starting or under construction this year, it’s a very positive time for this sector of the market.”
The distribution centre is situated at IDI Gazeley’s 115 acre G Park in Doncaster and is being built around a steel-framed multi-span portal frame, which measures up to 380 meters in length and has spans of up to 37 meters.
Erol adds: “A steel structure is the ideal solution for this build, as it is quick to construct, cost effective and will accommodate the long span qualities needed. We’ve also designed flexibility into the steel frame so that it not only meets the demands of the business now, but there is flexibly for further expansion in the future.
One end of the distribution centre will have a four storey office block attached, and a conveyor link bridge from the north eastern corner of the building is being built so that stock can be transferred to the existing Next warehouse, across Holme Wood Lane.
Erol explains: “The bridge will be a four span 120 metre long structure formed with a series of trusses to accommodate the double deck configuration. The lower deck will feature conveyor belts for transporting goods and the upper deck will be a pedestrian thoroughfare for staff.”
Bowmer & Kirkland’s project manager Ben Howard says: “We chose to work with Adept and Billington Structures as both firms are specialists in their fields. It’s a large scale complex project that demands skilled design teams who are highly experienced and professional and we are confident with the joint efforts of everyone working on this project, the distribution centre will be completed by early 2016.”