Caunton has recently added a most prestigious name to its client list. The Wine Society no less. The Society has 85,000 active customers and growing. Hence the need for a warehouse extension, which Caunton are supplying on a design-and-build basis to main contractor Morgan Ashurst.
Until 1965 The Wine Society was based in London, but then moved 25 miles to a large freehold site in the main industrial area of Stevenage, a new town minutes away from the A1 Motorway. Here it combines offices for its planning, purchasing and marketing teams with a substantial warehouse complex, which has been progressively expanded to take account of steady growth.
Prestige clients such as The Wine Society demand quality fabrications – and the 46m space frame built at Caunton’s Works is no exception. This girder weighing 22te and photographed here in the Caunton assembly shop, was fabricated in three major sections and erected, and then conjoined in the air, utilising three crawler cranes. The girder rests in its final position (in section) as a right angle triangle with the hypotenuse supporting translucent sheeting for illuminating the wine warehouse below. Another suitable and eco-friendly feature of this major storage facility is the use of hempcrete walls, whose porosity helps to maintain the necessity humidity for successful wine storage.