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ENGINEERING: Here 'Hard-Core' Is Winning


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SACD Freight’s Cape Town depot won the mining and industrial category of SAISC's 2010 steel awards.

According the judges, the 20 000sq m facility, clearly visible from the N1 highway as you exit or enter the city bowl, has, in spite of it being a functional, ‘hard-core’ industrial warehouse, ‘all the hallmarks of a highly creative architect’s touch and the professional finishes of a proud and professional construction team.’

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of SACD depot structure is the asymmetrical curved roof, which is not only of high aesthetic value, but also efficiently achieves the profile of minimum height requirements dictated by the cross-flow nature of the SACD warehousing function, which ranges from off-loading interlink vehicles, to incoming goods staging, to high-bay racking, to pick-and-pack areas, and out to container loading.

Roof areas are 19 000sq m internally, 4 600sq m for the loading bay, 1 400sq m for the container and 700sq m for the gable overhangs.

The judges noted that the architect’s desire for a specially shaped roof was achieved through excellent engineering. “It turned out to be a cost effective fit-for-purpose design where plant and structural requirements are expertly married to create an aesthetic, architectural feature.”

The structure rises from the 5m loading bay height to its 19.5m apex, giving 14.5m for racking. It then descends to 10.5m providing cover for the container loading area at a suitable height for the reach trucks operating in this area.

The judges said that the standard of finish and presentation in the entire project was exceptional especially given that this was a fast track project, which was completed in only eight months. They confirmed that the use of a steel roof, combined with pre-cast concrete walling enabled such quick delivery.

This is not just another industrial warehouse.”

It is an excellently planned and executed project in which several initiatives and elements of ‘good practice’ were incorporated to create a practical, aesthetic and sustainable structure. It is a worthy winner of the mining and industrial category,” they concluded.

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