Cellular beams help create development centre
The PDC forms an integral part of the new store support centre (SSC) for Sainsburys, which will initially provide a new home for 530 staff re-locating from the existing SSC.
The new SSC provides bespoke research and development facilities, and enables some 1,300 staff to be accommodated. The two-storey structural steelwork PDC provides mock retail space for Sainsburys to develop and test new product lines.
Main contractor for the project was RG Group and ASD Westok supplied the frame’s cellular beams, working closely with steelwork contractor H Young Structures. Together, a decision was taken to change the originally conceived 12m × 6m × 12m grid at 6m centres, to the more economical 15m × 15m grid at 6m centres.
Working to a 560mm depth restriction and onerous M&E service integration requirements, Westok designed a cellular beam with elongated cells to meet with the clients’ requirements.
ASD Westok Chartered Structural Engineer John Callanan, said: “We’re delighted to be providing composite floor beams for yet another Sainsbury’s scheme. At Ansty Park, we looked at a considerable number of floor options and cell arrangements for H Young. The Westok beam proved to be the optimum solution, with the continuous string of cells providing the maximum flexibility for future service integration the client required. We also achieved an overall tonnage saving by opting for the longer 15m grid.”