Steel firm supports construction of Next distribution centre

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Jonny Williamson

Specialist structural steel manufacturer, voestalpine Metsec plc has supported the construction of high street retailer, Next’s new distribution centre by supplying its specialised, rolled to order, steel purlins and side rails.

The distribution centre – located at the West Moor Park site, just off the M18 in Doncaster – is joining Next’s existing centre at the same location, and will boast a huge 915,848 sqft of floor space, including warehouse, office space and mezzanine levels.

With the two structures being linked via a bridge, the project is expected to cost around £55m, with work having commenced in April of this year.

Contracted by the design team at Billington Structural Steelwork, Metsec’s team of experienced design and sales staff provided design and engineering expertise, technical support and advanced software.

This led to Metsec designing an economic purlin solution which optimised the use of steel, without compromising on performance – resulting in lower costs.

Sales Director for Metsec’s Purlin Division, Kevin Jones commented:  “At Metsec we ensure that our systems are designed to provide optimum levels of structural performance in roof constructions, however it’s often the added value we provide to the engineer via our expert staff that clients are most appreciative of.

“Having been specified on this prestigious project really was a compliment to the technical competence of our whole team of design and sales staff. Providing excellent technical advice is a forte of our team and we pride ourselves on supplementing the engineer’s design needs with load tables, literature and software to support the specification process.”