How tensile structures are providing a quick, cost-effective, and safe solution for the warehouse and logistics industry.

Rob Duxbury, managing director

Space can be a perennial issue for businesses in the warehousing, storage and logistics sector.

And for fast-expanding firms that need space quickly at a viable cost, tensile fabric structures – effectively a steel frame wrapped with a durable membrane – come into their own.

Growing willingness to adopt such modern methods of construction has led to growth for Collinson Construction, a UK-based contractor that specialises in building tensile warehouse structures.

As the sole UK distributor for Best-Hall, a world-leading provider of tensile building technology, Collinson has completed projects such as warehouses, port and harbour buildings, aviation hangars, and waste and recycling facilities across the country.

Saving valuable space

“Best-Hall fabric structures can run up to 100 metres clear span,” says Rob Duxbury, managing director. “The appeal of this is that there are no internal supports needed to hold up the roof, so it saves valuable space. We can create a custom facility for almost any application. Tensile can offer a competitive solution when compared to more traditional alternatives when covering large areas.”

Collinson has utilised Best-Hall technology for a wide variety of projects. The structures are manufactured from sturdy cold-rolled and tubular steel, designed to meet local wind and snow load conditions.

Technology for all seasons

“The technology has been proven in extreme climates around the world, including hurricane zones, high snowfall regions, coastal areas and even desert environments,” adds Rob. “Clients can be assured that their building will withstand the harshest of conditions.”

Another added benefit to the technology is that the translucent membrane roof lets natural daylight pass through for a more pleasant working environment and significantly less electricity usage for lighting.

A low maintenance solution

Solid steel bracing is used to hold the membrane in place, so there’s no need to re-tension the structure or fabric during the lifetime of the building. The powder-coated steel work also provides superior protection against corrosion.

Rob adds: “We recently completed a project in Dublin for a company that specialises in crop nutrition products. Not only do they handle corrosive substances, the building must withstand harsh port conditions.

“Our proposal was to completely replace the existing structure with a new tensile building on the same footprint. This also gave the company a golden opportunity to completely rework its floorplan to suit the needs of the business.”

For more information on using tensile buildings for the warehouse and logistics sector, call John Lomas, sales manager for Best-Hall UK and Collinson Construction on 01995 607495.

Collinson Construction

t: 01995 607495

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