The Grain Storage Warehouse project comprised the construction of a new Grain Warehouse, storage and drying facility at Wilton International, Teesside.
This facility was constructed on behalf of Grainco Ltd and consisted of a twin portal steel frame with precast concrete panels spanning horizontally between the portal frames, which form the external and internal dividing walls. In operation the grain is tipped into a reinforced concrete loading hopper, from which it passes through a drying process, and is finally fed by high level conveyors into the four large storage compartments.
Before the main construction works could progress an existing stream, which ran through the site, needed to be diverted. This was carried out efficiently by the site team which was conducive to the main construction works.
The successful storage of grain requires the control of moisture, and to achieve this, the design incorporated an insulated syphonic drainage system along the central gutter and also an anti-condensation fleece under the roof sheeting. There was only a very small surface water drainage outfall available from the site, so a large capacity underground attenuation system was installed to hold the bulk of the water.
As-well-as the storage warehouse, the scope of our work included a large area of reinforced concrete slabs, roads and turning areas for tipper wagons, with associated weigh bridge facilities which was directly-delivered by our in-house civil engineering division.