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Farrans Construction is building a £10M warehouse for The Wine Society that will enable the company to increase its storage capacity from 7.6 million bottles to over 11 million.

Steelwork contractor Walter Watson is fabricating, supplying and erecting 525t of steel for the project. The tonnage includes Westok cellular beams that form the building’s two 31.2m-wide clear internal spans.

Either side of a central row of columns, the cellular roof rafters have three splices; one 15.6m-long central section with two 7.8m-long pieces at both ends.

On completion, the 70m-long warehouse will use the latest temperature moderating technology to create a strictly controlled environment for the wine.

Farrans Construction Regional Director Cathal Montague said: “The development of a warehouse for a product as delicate as wine requires strict temperatures, structured flooring and a technologically controlled environment.

“Constructing this building to seamlessly link into the existing live warehouses requires careful planning and effective materials distribution. We are utilising our in-house expertise of laser scan point cloud technology to verify elements of the warehouse using BIM models.”

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