Case Studies Yara UK

Yara UK Yara UK’s fertiliser storage and bagging facility at Belfast Harbour was in need of expensive refurbishment. Over the years, the corrosive attributes of the fertiliser had taken their toll on the existing structure and flooring. Consensus ruled the most cost effective approach would be to demolish the existing structure and rebuild on the footprint. This gave Yara a golden opportunity to plan out a new and improved working floor plan, one that would allow them the flexibility to store and package a variety of bulk products. In the criteria for the new build Yara UK had specified several key requirements; the new building must keep the fertilizer products dry and free from condensation events, have a bright working environment, and have the versatility to accommodate a high roof, ensuring tipper trucks could easily gain access to unload product inside the building. McGaffin Contracts had worked with Collinson on a previous job nearby for Belfast Harbour Commissioners, so upon invitation to tender for the new Yara UK facility, John McGaffin immediately contacted Collinson, confident from previous projects that the Challenger tensile structure would fit the bill perfectly. Chris Cox, Commercial Manager at Collinson, said, “We’re really pleased to have been awarded another job in Belfast Harbour. It really reinforces the versatility of the Challenger structure for maritime storage. “In our experience, the adaptability of the tensile building system, coupled with the cost savings against traditional builds, makes many industrial and commercial projects viable.” Yara UK liked what they saw and the price was competitive. McGaffin Contracts were awarded the job, the design was finalised and, due to the building requiring minimal groundworks, it wasn’t