Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

A rare steel for Partner Logistics


SSI Schaefer designed and built a steel support structure for a rack-clad building in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire for Dutch-based logistics service provider Partner Logistics.

The structure towers over the Wisbech landscape at a height of 30 metres; stretching 144 metres in length, and 89 metres in width. 

SSI Schaefer designed, manufactured and erected the structure, which will eventually store and distribute frozen food. It comprises five aisles and a storage capacity of up to 91,200 pallets. Partner Logistics says it is “delighted” with the results.

SSI Schaefer’s bespoke systems in rack-supported structures require the shortest construction times and offer attractive depreciation possibilities.

Due to the absence of large building columns, significant floor space savings can be achieved, while the lack of roof trusses allows for further storage capacity within the same height.

Further cost benefits of this particular type of structure can be found in reduced cladding costs and the need for only one foundation level.

SSI Schaefer rack-supported buildings are constructed directly onto a concrete slab; the racking is assembled in blocks and then craned into position to be bolted down to bolt boxes that have been cast into the slab.

When the structure is complete the pallet handling cranes are lifted in, which are run on floor rails and guided from the top. The racking is then clad using metal cladding similar to that of a normal building.

A major advantage of a rack-supported building is the speed of the build – up to 30 per cent faster. Other advantages include maximum economic efficiency in both cost and space saving requirements.

The Schaefer Systems Group – a team of specialist design estimators, structural engineers, project managers, and after sales engineers – support every UK-based project and site management team, ensuring that each structure is built within the strict European FEM guidelines.