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Packaged buildings for cash and carry

From Building with Steel, May 1970

Butler Buildings (UK) Limited, London office at 113 Upper Richmond Road, SW15, are at present engaged in a program for Crest Cash and Carry Stores (Gallaher’s Limited) which provides an interesting example of steel buildings into one of today’s growth businesses.

The building pictured is the recently completed Hull store. As with other Butler Buildings for Crest the architects were Boissevan and Osmond, Epsom, and construction of the complete package was by Geo Houlton and Sons Ltd of Hull, Butler Builder-dealers for the area. B.B. (UK) Ltd, the European subsidiary of Butler manufacturing Co, Kansas City, the world’s largest manufacturers of pre-engineered metal buildings, supplied the primary and secondary structurals from their plant at Kirkcaldy, Fife. Cladding was supplied by Butlers Canadian plant, although production of this has now commenced in the UK. The building clad both in Monopanl 24/26G dual skin with glass fibre infill and Butlerib single skin sheeting backed with board insulation shows the harmony achieved with burnished gold walls and parchment Butlerib roof. The roof is insulated throughout with Butler 25 insulation blanket.

Erection time for the building was 42 days, the entire project being completed by Houltons in 21 weeks. 85 tons of steel were used. The primary structurals being plate steel, sheared and welded with roll-formed secondary structurals.

This Crest store is one of Butlers LRF range 120ft clear span 168ft along with 2ft x 24ft width extensions to form a 168ft foot square building. Canopy as shown is steel 26G Butlerib and steel gutters and downpipes are used throughout.

Crest Cash and Carry stores incorporate a very high standard of shopfitting to provide an attractive interior – at Hull this work was also entrusted to Messrs Houltons using a variety of materials which enhance the clean lines of its steel frame.

Other projects to the same specification have been completed at Morley near Leeds where the Butler Builders were R.M. Thompson Ltd of Leeds, and Butler are at present engaged on the construction of the Clayton, Manchester, store.

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