This two-storey factory building designed for very heavy factory occupancy loads is an example of how efficient use of materials can be achieved by an elegant structural solution.
Splitting these trusses into V shapes reduced the span of the floor slab. The top chord of the steel structure is buried in the concrete so the two elements are acting compositely. These made a 30% saving in steel and reduced the quantity of suspended concrete in the building by 50%.
The use of flat tension plates to the underside instead of clevis connected tendons reduced the height of the truss over the travelling crane by 100mm shortening the building.
- Structural Awards 2008 for Industrial or Process Structures, commendation, Jan 2008