Excellence award for commercial project / by AMRIT NARU

A unique £6.5m rail-served steel store, designed by Naru and Ross  on behalf of multi-modal distribution company AV Dawson in conjunction with TATA Steel, has been crowned Northern Winner in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

     Located on a former brownfield site which had been vacant for 50 years, the 102,000 sq ft warehouse at AV Dawson’s Riverside Park site in Middlesbrough supports the needs of the North East’s Steel and Automotive industries.

 

Located on a former brownfield site which had been vacant for 50 years, the 102,000 sq ft warehouse at AV Dawson’s Riverside Park site in Middlesbrough supports the needs of the North East’s Steel and Automotive industries.

Rather than focusing on aesthetics, the LABC Building Awards recognise technical innovation, sustainability, high performance and creative solutions.  Judges named the steel store winner of the ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ thanks to factors such as its heat and humidity controlled environment, intelligent lighting and the high level of sensitivity to the local environment.

Our brief for the design was to enable our clients to meet ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing demands, whilst providing a humidity controlled environment which is capable of handling and storing up to 58,000 tonnes of steel coil. The store even features a rail track running directly into it from Middlesbrough Goods Yard.
— Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross
We knew the structure needed to include elements such as an innovative air handling dehumidification system to prevent condensation to ensure the steel is kept in pristine condition. In addition, we were able to incorporate ground source heat pumps driven by solar panels to supply heat and power.
— Amrit Naru, Director, Naru and Ross

The store will enable more than 270,000 tonnes of steel a year to arrive by rail from TATA Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales, before eventually heading by road to Sunderland-based car giant Nissan on the back of AV Dawson’s specialist trailers.

As winner in the Best Large Commercial Building category, the design for state of the art building will progress to the LABC Grand Finals which are being held in London later this year.