Next Distribution Centre, Doncaster

Purlins and side rails allow high street retailer to take the Next step in distribution

Next Distribution Centre, Doncaster

Specialist structural steel manufacturer, voestalpine Metsec plc, has supported construction of the new Next distribution centre in Doncaster through supplying its specialised, rolled to order, steel purlins and side rails.

The distribution centre, which is located at the West Moor Park site, just off the M18 in Doncaster, is joining Next’s existing centre at the same location, and will boast a huge 915,848 square feet of floor space including warehouse, office space and mezzanine levels. The new centre will stand alongside the existing distribution centre, with the two structures being linked via a bridge. The project is expected to cost around £55 million, with work having commenced in April of this year.

Contracted by the design team at Billington Structural Steelwork, Metsec’s team of experienced design and sales staff added value through providing design and engineering expertise, technical support and advanced resources such as software. This led to Metsec designing an economic purlin solution which optimised the use of steel, without compromising on performance, resulting in lower costs.

Leigh Hardy, Project Buyer at Billington Structural Steelwork, commented:
“The Next distribution centre has been a fantastic project to work on. It’s a huge structure and carries real prestige, due to the end client being a brand as renowned as Next. As part of the project, it was important that we added value in all aspects of the build, so Metsec’s work supplying designed purlins and side rails to the project was hugely important.”

Kevin Jones, Sales Director for Metsec’s Purlin Division, commented:
“Here at Metsec, we ensure that our systems are designed to provide optimum levels of structural performance in roof constructions, however it is often the added value we provide to the engineer via our expert staff that they’re most appreciative of. Having been specified on this prestigious project really was a compliment to the technical competence of our whole team of design and sales staff. Providing excellent technical advice is a forte of our team and we pride ourselves on supplementing the engineer’s design needs with load tables, literature and software to support the specification process.”

He continued:
“Working on the structure for a consumer brand the size of Next is obviously exciting for us. This was multiplied by the sheer scale of the centre, which upon completion will be just under a million square feet in size.”