Client

HelioSlough Ltd

Sector

Service

Overview

At 750,000 sq ft, Nimbus Park was the largest speculatively built production facility in the UK at the time of construction. The development was constructed on behalf of HelioSlough Ltd. and addressed their requirement for a large production and industrial development facility.

Nimbus Park development is located on a 20 hectare site situated on former farmland adjacent to the M18 near Doncaster. The site benefits from being well connected to the motorway network and rail, as the East Coast Mainline runs alongside the project, which included the installation of a railway siding to serve rail freight transport.

The superstructure of the project consisted of a 2,750t structural steel frame with insulated ‘Kingspan’ cladding. The light grey painted steelwork created a five-span portal framed facility with dimensions of 200m x 338m, offering 3,374m² of office accommodation on three levels.

Rising to 15.5m at the eaves, the structure incorporated features including 92nr dock level entry doors, 610nr car parking spaces, 113nr trailer parking spaces, a gatehouse controlled entrance, HGV vehicle wash and refueling facilities.

This site required extensive ground stabilisation which was achieved utilising vibro-concrete plugs and lime stabilisation. Tolent worked in close collaboration with a foundation specialist to install 20,650 piles to firm up the poor sandy ground conditions. Approximately 460nr columns were constructed, each measuring c.6m.

The live railway lines adjacent to the site were problematic and required continuous liaison with Network Rail. Through collaboration with Network Rail, Tolent was able to identify and adjust programmes to allow the project to be completed on time and in line with client expectations. 

This exciting, strategic development offers a class-leading international storage and distribution centre in a central location within the UK, while contributing to the regeneration of this part of South Yorkshire.

Richard Harris

Commercial Development Partner at King Sturge

Location

Doncaster

Value

£21m

Completion

2006

Size

750,000 sq ft

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