IPL Hull (formerly known as Straight Manufacturing), a long-established plastics manufacturer, is currently undergoing an ongoing development and investment programme, and Big Box Buildings (part of The Big Box Group) has been a part of that.
The significant growth of IPL’s business was putting increasing strain on storage space and the outside yard was fully used. Covered outdoor storage was desirable from a quality and auditing perspective and it required an L-shape format. Big Box was able to provide two steel-framed buildings joined together with a valley gutter.
The solution was both cost effective and efficient to build. It has a single-skin PVC roof which makes it economical and single-skin cladded steel walls, which also provides security. A steel valley gutter runs down the middle and rainwater gutters/downpipes run along the sides.
Steel-framed buildings are considerably stronger than aluminium so have a much longer life expectancy. At larger sites and/or exposed windy locations, steel-frame buildings are often a great choice. Big Box Buildings’ steel-frame design can be retro-fitted to an existing concrete pad (or flat tarmac sometimes) without requiring costly groundworks.
Big Box Group has a long existing relationship with IPL Hull as a racking and safety goods supplier. In line with Big Box’s ‘turn-key’ solution approach, in addition to the building project, it also undertook ground works to an adjacent but unrelated area and supply of a small plant room.
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