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Final fit out of a new £110M printing facility in Sheffield for Polestar is now under way following fast-track erection of the 2250t steel framed True North building. Steelwork contractor Atlas Ward Structures completed site work on the structure in just seven weeks thanks to some careful planning and close liaison with the rest of the project team.

“Understanding the printing process was key to successfully delivering this scheme in such a short time,” said Atlas engineering manager Jim Martindale. “Most of the services will be carried in the roof – the largest is being carried through a duct measuring 3.5m in diameter – and needed secondary steel fixing points to be attached to the steel frame. Ensuring all the fixing points were in exactly the right position meant that close co-ordination with the main contractor and fit-out contractors was vital. But this high level of planning meant that everything on site ran like clockwork allowing us to complete the work more quickly than would normally be possible.”

Polestar’s new facility, set to open in spring, will house three new gravure presses. UK GSE was main contractor and Gazeley was the developer.

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