News International Limited / Carillion Construction
RPS acted as Lead Designer for a new print facility, co-ordinating all aspects of the detailed Architectural, Structural and Services design.
This involved an intensive exercise to ensure successful integration with all News International’s equipment installations including the presses, conveyers and control systems.
We worked closely with the project and process engineering team to custom design the facility to house six highly automated, full colour broadsheet printing presses. The new print facility was sympathetically designed around the 30m high press hall which has a gross internal floor area of 67,000m2 over four floors and incorporates associated offices, goods in/dispatch area plus storage and welfare facilities.
The 15.5ha site also has a separate batching/packaging facility, a new electricity substation, standby generators, sprinkler tanks/dampening water tanks and a pumphouse.
Measures were incorporated into the design to minimise the facility’s impact on the surrounding area and local residents. As it operates primarily at night it required appropriate noise assessments and innovative solutions to minimise emissions and inconvenience.
RPS’ role was Lead Designer, this involved an intensive exercise to ensure successful integration with all News International’s equipment installations including the presses, conveyers and control systems.