Primark Distribution Centre, Naas
Working against the clock, specialist flooring contractor KonFloor completed a 16,000m² warehouse for Primark on time – thanks to our AlphaJoint.
Primark’s warehouse at Tougher’s Business Park was created as an extention to its existing operations at Naas, near Dublin, Ireland. The retailer, named the winner of the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards for 2010, naturally insisted on the highest standards for construction to ensure its warehouse would deliver the durability and flexibility it required. Lapses in the construction timeline could not be allowed, and penalties would be incurred for late completion of the building.
Special considerations for the floor
The building was being constructed on a brown-field site with some unusual characteristics, which meant that certain special measures had to be taken to preserve the building’s integrity. The entire structure was built on 2100 precast piles, driven 8m into the ground.
As a result, the construction of the concrete slab needed careful consideration. Firstly, a DuPont™ Tyvek® breather membrane was used beneath the concrete for extra protection against air and water ingress. Then three layers of heavy A393 mesh were incorporated.
Furthermore, the floor had to be finished to FM2 (Special) standards, to accommodate the extensive racking in the building – which meant particular care had to be taken during the pour to ensure certain tolerances for flatness and levelness were achieved.
The importance of the construction joints
Due to the size of the building a scheme of work was created to divide the pour into nine bays. Armoured joints would be used as day joints to create a boundary for the pour. The joints would open once the slab had cured and would then protect the joint arrises from damage caused by the wheels of materials handling vehicle once the building was in service.
Extensive research went into the choice of the correct joint detail – and although this took some time it was imperative to get this right, to prevent potential costly problems with the floor once the building was brought into use.
Calling on RCR Flooring Products’ technical team for guidance, and working in conjunction with the engineer, the decision was made to install Permaban AlphaJoint Classic 4010 with additional concrete ties. Proven in hundreds of buildings worldwide, AlphaJoint is a versatile armoured joint which protects construction joint arrises by using robust parallel steel strips.
AlphaJoint Classic 4010 features shear studs, and in this case was also supplied with a rigid divider plate with additional concrete ties, to give extra strength and rigidity. With integrated TD8 plate dowels, efficient load transfer across the slab was assured.
An important time-saving aspect of AlphaJoint on this project was the pre-installed “T-tape”– a compressed foam, factory-fitted between the two sides of the joint, which would expand to fill the gap once the joint had opened. Adding this non-standard feature to the product meant that the joint did not need to be sealed after it had opened.
RCR Flooring Products also created special 4-way intersections for the project with T-tape pre-installed.
Saving time on site
RCR Flooring Products was able to manufacture and despatch the special products within a few days, to help KonFloor meet the pressing schedule. Aided by the fact that AlphaJoint is so swift and straightforward to install, KonFloor was able to make up time on site. With increased manpower, the floor was completed in a mere 8 days. As a result, the building was completed on time and avoided late completion penalties.