A steel frame was said
to have been the only
the two workshop spans. To allow these
sections to be easily transported to site from
EvadX’s fabrication shop in Rhyl, they were
delivered in sections and then assembled into
complete rafters before installation.
For the longer 33m-span, the rafters
arrived in three sections, while the 28m span
required two pieces. As well as steelwork,
EvadX has also installed staircases, hand
railing and maintenance walkways.
EvadX has also erected three separate
single-storey ancillary buildings on site,
these include an energy centre, compressor
house and a bin storage structure.
As with most steel construction projects,
the frame was one of the first elements
of the scheme to get under way after the
groundworks, on this greenfield site, had
However, on some projects the ground
floor slab is sometimes installed first, giving
the steel erection team a clean and flat
surface to run their MEWPs on. The slab
needed for this facility had to be cast in a dry
and sheltered environment and so the steel
frame and roof cladding had to be installed
first to provide the necessary protection.
“Because of the excessive loadings that
will be exerted by the work and equipment
within the workshops, the concrete slab
is 900mm-deep and had to be cast in two
separate pours,” explains Mr Ford.
Summing up, the Welsh Government
Economy Secretary Ken Sates says: “The fact
that the AMRC will be managing Wales’ first
Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility
on Deeside really is cause for celebration.
“The AMRC has a 15-year record of
delivery and has long demonstrated that
it has leading industry capability in the
delivery of research, manufacturing support
and partnership services.
“It has built up incredibly strong
relationships with a range of partnerships,
from global corporates through to local
SMEs and supply chains, and it will play a
vital role in developing sustainable, long
term leading innovation and skills.
“This can only be good news for the
future of advanced manufacturing here in
Wales and for the regional and wider Welsh
progresses on the office
The 60m-wide structure
is divided into two
parts by a row of valley