Honda central receiving building

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Reused steel structures - Honda, Swindon.
Image courtesy of Caunton Engineering

Originally erected on Honda’s Swindon site in 2001, this 927m2 (10,300 square feet) steel-framed warehouse building was dismantled in 2004 and put into storage. In September 2005, the structure was re-erected, at a different location on the same Swindon site, as a new Central Receiving Area for all incoming components delivered to Honda UK.

All the main frame structural steelwork was reused including the column base plates, bracing and cold-rolled secondary steel. Unfortunately it was not possible to reuse the original cladding mainly because of the change of use of the building and changes to the Building Regulations. However the composite steel cladding was carefully dismantled and reused as an internal noise abatement lining by the steelwork contractor Caunton Engineering, near Nottingham.

The dismantled steel structure was re-erected in just one week! The condition of the steelwork was assessed by the coating manufacturer Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, cleaned and then repainted to Honda’s specification for the newly erected building.

A new built-up steel cladding system, meeting the needs of the Building Regulations at that time, and Honda’s corporate requirements, was installed to the primary structure.