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Billington lands steelwork deal for Next's £55m warehouse

15 Apr 15 Bowmer & Kirkland has confirmed Billington Structures as its steelwork subcontractor on its £55m Next distribution warehouse in Doncaster.

Bowmer & Kirkland started earthworks earlier this year at theWestmoor Park 3 Site in Doncaster where it is building a 60,000m2 distribution warehouse for the retail group Next. The project also includes a four-storey 8,500m2 office building and a link bridge between the two structures.

Billington is providing 5,000 tonnes of structural steel for the project, including portal frames and stability bracing designed to split the warehouse into five separate compartments. This should ensure that the building remains operational in the event of a fire in one of the compartments. 

Stability bracing will also render the internal mezzanine floors independent of the main building, enabling them to accommodate a complex system of tracks for an automated handling system.

The project is scheduled for completion in August 2015.

Billington Holdings chief executive Mark Smith said: "The construction of a distribution warehouse on such a large scale involves a great deal of complex planning.  The fact that Bowmer & Kirkland has once again chosen Billington Structures to provide the structural steelwork for one of their most significant and prestigious projects, and indeed clients in Next, is testament to Billington's quality, reliability and performance."

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