Purfleet Thames Terminal – Car Deck
C.RO Ports are planning to build a new car storage facility at their shipping terminal adjacent to the River Thames in Purfleet, Essex. The car deck, similar to their existing facilities in Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, will provide over 10,000 car parking spaces which will be used to store newly imported Mercedes cars, vans and trucks before they are distributed to main dealerships throughout the country. The car deck stands six storeys high and has an overall footprint of 208m x 169m.
Byrne Looby were appointed by C.RO Ports to provide full structural design services through the planning, tender and construction phases. ByrneLooby modified the concept layout provided by the client, amending the layout of the access ramps and floor plates to maximise the amount of parking spaces provided. The superstructure consists of a braced structural steel frame with steel columns on a regular grid of 13.8m x 9.5m supporting continuous primary steel beams in turn supporting one-way spanning precast concrete floor panels. Structural movement joints are provided to control thermal expansion and contraction forces.