Project background

Acies provided full civil and structural design services through all stages of a project involving building a 70,000 ft² multi-temperature warehouse and distribution centre for Bidfood on a brownfield site near Glasgow Airport.

What did we do?

We provided full civil and structural design services though all stages of this project from feasibility and site selection through to construction and handover. We also provided Structural Engineer Registration (SER) certification, as required for the building warrant under the Scottish Building Standards.

How did we do it?

Our long-standing relationship with the client has given us detailed knowledge of their working practices and what is important for them in terms of the design and operation of their distribution facilities. Our Hemel Hempstead team has worked with Bidfood for 15 years and worked closely with our Edinburgh team, who are experienced in the Scottish Building Standards and SER certification. Together, we delivered the design and certification of the project through the challenging times of 2020 to 2022.

What challenges did we face or help to resolve?

Ground conditions comprised soft fluvial muds to a significant depth below ground level. This presented a challenge for the foundation design. The site also had no direct access to the foul drainage network, and its location immediately adjacent to the White Cart Water meant that surface water discharges had to be tightly controlled.

How did we resolve those challenges?

We used our expertise in the design of industrial buildings to select and specify the appropriate foundation solutions, and we worked with the specialist subcontractor to design a solution using controlled modulus columns under slab. For the drainage, we liaised with Scottish Water to get a new pumping station constructed to transfer the foul drainage to the existing waste water treatment works. For the surface water, we obtained agreement from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to utilise an existing surface water outfall to the White Cart Water. This avoided the costs, disruption and potential environmental disturbance involved in constructing a new outfall.

What impact did our work have for the client?

We have worked with Bidfood for over 15 years, and this was our 12th distribution depot for them. Our long-standing relationship means that we understand Bidfood’s requirements, so we were able to efficiently and quickly develop the design to tender.

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