The second phase of the former Neptune’s Yard shipbuilding site in Newcastle upon Tyne was developed to provide an 87,000 sq ft purpose built rope production facility. The facility serves both the offshore and industrial markets worldwide for Bridon International Limited.
The facility consists of a 75,000 sq ft internal production area, 8,800 sq ft covered storage area and 3,000 sq ft of office accommodation. The superstructure comprised a steel frame with varying spans and heights, with the upper floor to the offices constructed using steel joints and metal decking to suit the required loads.
The external walls were a mixture of curtain walling and facing brickwork at low level. The mixture of built up and composite cladding were fixed both vertically and horizontally, with a 2,250mm high block work wall to the inside face of the manufacturing space.
Additionally, a full height compartment wall between the offices and the manufacturing space was constructed. Other spaces within an attached ancillary area of the building comprised open plan office space, changing and shower facilities as well as staff welfare and meeting facilities.
The building incorporated environmental features, such as the use of air source heat pumps to provide under floor heating to the ancillary office area, solar thermal panels to pre-heat hot water, a rainwater harvesting system and low energy lighting throughout, with 10% of the entire roof area made up of roof lights. The entire site required vibro-piling for ground improvement with localised Continuous Flight Auguring piles. The site also required a number of dewatering methods due to the close proximity of the River Tyne.
The facility included the installation of 5nr overhead cranes with capacities ranging from 10 tonnes to 150 tonnes, as well as take up stands that coil the completed rope onto reels. The reels are then manoeuvred on rail bases for discharge onto road vehicles, or via the heavy load out area, where they will be loaded onto vessels for onward shipment via the North Sea.
The client’s fit out was integrated into the construction programme to shorten the overall duration for the project completion and handover.
Newcastle upon Tyne
87,000 sq ft