Automotive Steel Store

Distribution case study, Colorcoat Prisma®, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®, Trisomet®, Trimapanel®

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The buildability and speed of installation was one of the reasons we chose this composite panel system from Building Systems UK. Using the Trisomet system also meant we could select the optimum insulation thickness for enabling control of the internal climate of the building.
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Gary Dawson, Managing Director of A V Dawson
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Client: A V Dawson Ltd
Principal Contractor: A V Dawson Ltd
Structural Engineer: Thompson Consulting
Steelwork Contractor: Raisco Ltd
Roofing and Cladding Contractor: Chemplas Ltd
Solar Energy Contractor: Redsky Solar Ltd
Products: Trisomet® insulated roof and wall panel system; Trimapanel® insulated wall-cladding system; Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® pre-finished steel
Year: 2014

A V Dawson’s Automotive Steel Store was designed and built to provide optimum storage conditions and distribution facilities for Building Systems UK (A Tata Steel Enterprise) products used by the automotive industry and bound for customers in the north of Britain. Delivering more than 9,000m2 of storage space, the building combines renewable energy systems, including solar photovoltaic (PV) roof panels, to provide an innovative and energy-efficient solution to internal climate control.

To meet Building Systems UK’s growing needs, A V Dawson invested £6.5 million in a new, purpose-built Automotive Steel Store. The store would be served by a rail link – bringing steel coil directly into the store by rail from Port Talbot in Wales.

The challenge

A V Dawson wanted to create an energy efficient warehouse that utilised as much renewable energy as possible to maintain the optimum internal temperature and relative humidity required to store the steel coil in premium condition for automotive customers.

The choice of cladding for the steel-framed building was critical to maintaining the internal climate of the warehouse. Specified insulation and air-tightness levels needed to be achieved. The roof also had to be strong enough to support the solar PV array. In addition, A V Dawson required assurance that the weathering performance of the roof would be guaranteed in all areas – including underneath the solar panels.

There were two other design drivers for the cladding – ease of installation and aesthetics. A proven system with straightforward side lapping details was required for a fast and efficient build. With prestigious customers including Nissan visiting the building, it was important that the new store should look smart an