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Movable BVR

Outer Hebrides, UK

Rubb has provided its second mobile structure to British defence technology company QinetiQ.

 

Located in the Outer Hebrides, the 13.25m span x 19.25m long x 7m sidewall BVR fabric structure was erected to provide shelter for testing and evaluating military assets.

 

To achieve this, QinetiQ required the shelter to be mobile. It covers and protects the assets from the environment when required, and can then be moved along a set of rails measuring 47.2m long to reveal the assets for testing procedures.

 

The building incorporates a specifically designed roller system which allows the smooth transportation of the building along its tracks to and from its permanent location. The rollers attach to the underside of the building footplates and the top of the foundation rail.

 

The rollers are designed to prevent the building from lifting off the track or sliding transversely. The movement of the building is carried out manually using a four-wheel machine, which attaches to the building’s gable end. There is a simple locking device using pins to secure the structure longitudinally when it isn’t in transportation, and the building has a strict transportation routine to ensure the safest possible operation.

 

Each gable incorporates an electrically operated roller shutter door: the front is fitted with a 10m x 6m RSD, with an externally mounted barrel hood; the back has a 5m x 5m RSD. The building is complete three standard access doors, to the front side, rear side, and rear gable.

 

Roddy Steele, Hebrides Hard Services Project Manager, commented: “As Rubb Buildings designed and constructed the environmental shelter for our 2015 requirement, Rubb Buildings were the obvious choice to design and install the environmental shelter for our 2021 requirement.”

 

Rubb is grateful for the opportunity to design, manufacture, and install such a unique solution, once again proving the adaptability of our fabric tensile structures.

 

 

 

Building Specifications

Usage

Usage

Asset Shelter

Usage

Type

BVR

Span

Span

13.25m

Usage

Length

19.25m

Usage

Eaves

7m

Usage

Door

2x RSD

Usage

Completed

2021

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