Caunton designed and supplied the steelwork for a major new Ambient Warehouse at berth 45 of the Port of Tilbury, for main contractor Winvic Construction. The port is located on the River Thames, and is the principal port for London. It is the main United Kingdom port for handling the importation of paper. There are extensive facilities for containers, grain, and other bulk cargoes. There are also facilities for the importation of cars. It forms part of the wider Port of London.
The steelwork comprises massive 90 metres span portal frames – propped in two positions. The building is over 230 metres long with a high level walkway from end to end accessed by 2 external stairs. The total steelwork delivered is over 1000te. In addition, there are two smaller adjacent portal framed buildings, the drivers’ pod office and the plant room. Caunton knows the area well. The company had only two years ago designed and supplied the framing steelwork for two buildings, the Border Control Post and the Border Force Examination Building for DP World at their fledgling London Gateway development nearby on the Essex coast.
As the building was so close to dock side the dock cranes actually over sailed part of the new build so we had additional restrictions to work with. All these were overcome with a cheery smile.