Port facilities can vary widely depending on the scale and purpose of the site, but most ports usually include a warehouse for storing shipment and maintaining regular stock, loading/unloading facilities, equipment warehouses and a vessel workshop for spare parts and repair work.
Port infrastructure can also include hotels, restaurants and medical centres. Larger ports may offer warm water facilities where the water will not freeze over, and some will provide specific aids and amenities for fishing.
Whether the port is inland, fishing or cargo, tensile fabric structures are a popular choice with Ports Authorities, offering durable clear span space suited to harsh marine environments.
The properties of materials in this type of construction have multiple benefits over conventional brick and wooden buildings. Tensile fabric buildings presented a real step change in warehousing solutions when they were first conceived.
- The galvanised framework is corrosion-resistant and low maintenance, delivering significant cost savings over time
- The high-quality engineered PVC membrane coverings are robust yet lightweight, making it possible to achieve large clear span widths without compromising on structural strength
- The fabric membrane is translucent and allows daylight to filter through for savings in energy, whilst maintaining impressive tear and tensile strength. It is also fire-retardant and can withstand temperatures ranging from -30 – +70 degrees centigrade
The buildings are modular in construction and can be easily adapted to suit changing layouts. Available in clear span widths of 50 metres or more, and eave heights of 8 metres+ they have proven to be a highly effective solution for many applications including boat storage, machinery housing, bulk material handling and temperature-sensitive goods warehousing. The multi-hipped or pitched roofing frames can be safely fitted with overhead HVAC or dehumidifying equipment, and the buildings can be fitted with a variety of doors (rolling, sectional, pedestrian etc.) for natural ventilation. One of the other key benefits of this type of build is minimal groundwork and foundations – the structures can be anchored to an existing surface or supported with concrete up-stand/ballast weights.
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Whatever the individual requirements or intended usage of the structure, each project is coordinated at every step by the in-house Steel Span team to ensure a seamless, safe delivery and client aftercare. Through a network of established suppliers and partners, and a prefabricated modular product, installation can be achieved quickly, avoiding disruption to site activity.
With the huge demand being placed on ports currently due to Brexit pressures and the effects of the pandemic, conventional port buildings do not always make the cut in terms of build speed, affordability and flexibility. Tensile fabric warehouses and workshops are often selected by waterside and port operators as a superior solution, and as an accredited provider, Steel Span will be on hand to assist with clients’ construction project challenges.
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