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Harland & Wolff Crane-Liftable Building

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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In 2013, Harland & Wolff tasked Rubb with designing, manufacturing, and erecting two crane-liftable buildings to cover offshore pile clusters.

The two marine manufacturing covers from Rubb’s BLE series feature spans of 30m and measure 35m in length. To increase the overall internal apex height of the manufacturing bays to 20.2m, H&W asked Rubb to use a 7.3m high wall constructed out of 40ft containers as the building’s foundation.

A custom-designed supporting frame was created to hold the containers together and act as the fixing base for the Rubb covers. Each gable end of both paint and blast facilities includes a pedestrian door and a 4m x 4m roller shutter door for equipment access.

Up and away

The marine manufacturing buildings are designed with reinforced base beams and anchor brackets so they can be easily lifted from their container foundations and moved to one side by H&W’s 840T gantry cranes. This allows them to then crane-lift materials into the space within the foundation frames for various operations. The building roof can then be replaced to protect employees and materials from the elements.

Sitting beneath H&W’s iconic iconic Samson and Goliath cranes, you can spot these Rubb buildings in many TV shows and movies—in particular the opening of 2021’s Oscar-winner Belfast.

The quality of the workmanship from the design drawings and loading calculations was impeccable and visits to site from design engineers and directors assisted in a smooth program of works. The site team worked self-sufficiently and without disruption to our busy daily works and provided two first-class liftable buildings and two gable end walls efficiently, to budget, on time and to a very high specification. Moving forward we would happily work with Rubb again.

Heavy Industries Maintenance Operations Manager, Harland & Wolff Chris McNally

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