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Differing bay heights at new distribution centre

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Conder Structures has erected an out of the ordinary distribution centre, containing high and low bays, at Manchester’s Trafford Park, the UK’s oldest industrial park.

Working on behalf of main contractor Morgan Ashurst, Conder undertook a design and build contract for the 34,444m² structure and erected 1,900t of structural steelwork.

The building consists of two sections, one comprising high bays which are 20m to underside of haunch, and another sector with lower bays which rise to 13m to underside of haunch.

The high bay area measures 175.2m long x 92.4m wide and has 24 bays. This high bay section will incorporate an automated warehouse handling system for accessing a pallet racked store.

The connected low bay area of the warehouse covers an area of 14,950m² and includes a mezzanine floor of 6,410m².

Within the structure there is an integrated two-storey 1,854m² office building with a reception, staff rest rooms, offices, and packing and despatch area.

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