Caunton completed the manufacture and erection of over 3000te of steelwork for main contractor Anglo Holt Construction at the Land Rover Factory at Solihull. The project is a brownfield site extension of over half a million square feet to the BIW Facility. - BIW or Body in White is a traditional motor industry term given to the pre-paint body assembly area.
The steelwork itself comprises heavy latticed trusses spanning 18 metres supported by substantial steel columns. The design was carried out by the Caunton team as a design and build partnered contract thus permitting the time and the opportunity to make many improvements in final details to accelerate both the manufacture and the erection processes. One of the more interesting and demanding features of the design requirements was that Land Rover required a comprehensive formula for loading and load point flexibility for the building. The entire roof is in fact so designed to carry point loads of upto 6 tonnes at 3m centre points along the bottom booms of all the trusses. This is in effect 16 times greater than the loading normally specified for a standard portal frame.
Delivery and erection flexibility has also been necessary as Caunton has been working through the summer and winter periods of 2002 on what has been effectively a live and busy vehicle production site. Expansion by Land Rover is necessary to meet soaring demand and to encompass latest technologies.