APL HEADQUARTERS & MANUFACTURING FACILITY
BCD provided full engineering services to the new APL facility which comprises of a main 44,700m2 building and three additional attached offices. The process specific manufacturing equipment required tight tolerances for movements between slabs in the main factory. This meant conventional concrete slabs were pushed to the limits of design to ensure a good finish which did not compromise function. During the design several iterations were conducted for the main structural frames as clear spans of 36mm were required with as minimal central column impact as possible. Structure was constrained by a heavy roof weight using insulated panel cladding and solar panels while trying to keep structure height to a minimum whilst allowing for internal gantry cranes and plant.