Blue fabric storage warehouse with white roof at Belfast Harbour
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Belfast Harbour Storage Warehouse

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Storage solutions

New bulk storage facility creates safe haven for materials at busy harbour.

Rubb Building Systems has designed, manufactured and constructed a new port storage structure at Belfast Harbour.

This is the fourth steel framed fabric clad building the company has delivered to the harbour, which is Northern Ireland’s principal maritime gateway and logistics hub. Around 70% of Northern Ireland’s and 20% of the entire island’s seabourne trade is handled at the harbour each year.

Rubb harbour structures provide large, clearspan internal spaces that are illuminated by natural light through Rubb’s translucent roofing system. This allows a brighter, safer, more efficient working environment than conventional warehouse structures. Rubb relocatable buildings offer flexible storage warehouse solutions as they can be easily and quickly reconfigured/relocated to suit the changing requirements of a busy port.

Rubb worked with main contractor McMillan Construction to install the 32.5m wide x 76.5m long port structure at Belfast Harbour. The building features 6.75m high sidewalls, with outside tapered column legs, which ensure all internal walls have a straight vertical face. This helps to maximize the internal space.

The facility sits on a 1m high concrete wall and has an internal apex height of 13.5m from internal floor level. It provides 25,340m³ of clear storage space.

A 6m x 6m roller shutter door was installed in one sidewall of the building. Personnel can access the building via three pedestrian doors. The facility was constructed in less than three months and will be used for the storage of steel and other materials.

The hot dip galvanized steel frame and high tenacity PVC covering membrane require very little maintenance. Rubb port buildings are designed to withstand difficult environmental and corrosive conditions. The durable PVC membrane cladding on Rubb port warehousing structures will not corrode in a marine environment. Rubb fabric structures can be custom designed to support a variety of bulk handling methods.

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