Ace Energy: Building for the Future

Apr 15, 2018

The UK’s largest undercover coal yard and cash and carry has recently been constructed by SCM Construction using Ruukki Composite Panels to the roof and walls

The UK’s largest undercover coal yard and cash and carry has been constructed by SCM Construction using Ruukki Composite Panels on the roof and walls. Situated near the Pennines in Halifax, West Yorkshire is a new and exciting energy distribution centre serving domestic and industrial customers with solid fuel, bottled gas and air products, and compressed gasses seven days a week.

Future Proof Building with Backing from the Bank

Ace Energy has been trading on their existing site for almost 20 years, and therefore decided to make the improvements to future-proof the building and to offer a new way to store and distribute its fuel products. The owner wanted to create a legacy for his years in business that he could always be proud of, and requested that the contractor SCM approached the project in kind.

First Class Composite Panels

Two large warehouse facilities have been constructed, giving additional capacity to store a total of 8500 tonnes of solid fuel on pallets and 1500 tonnes of loose coal in the undercover coal yard. Ruukki SP2D wall panels and SP2C roof panels were chosen by SCM because of their high quality and attractive appearance; in addition, they are also very easy for the contractor to work with on site. SCM appreciated Ruukki’s interest in the project and efforts to ensure deliveries and requirements were met, and that time schedules were adhered to. This level of detail helped deliver a superb project on time and to such a high level of execution. 

Bespoke Solution

SCM, who have over 20 years’ experience in the industry, were recommended to the client. They designed the colour scheme and aesthetics that were bespoke for the client in order to achieve the exact look he was trying to attain. This project is the fourth, and the largest, SCM have constructed using Ruukki composite panels, and more similar developments are already in the pipeline.

Access Restrictions

All works were carried out around day-to-day activities, as the site remained operational throughout. However, there were access issues on this project, which, to many, appeared to be insurmountable. To the rear of the site is a river and, at the gable end, permission to work on the neighbouring land was rejected. In these areas, handling 12m panels safely and efficiently made many contractors back away from the project. The solution was to install the panels from the inside of the building, which was done expertly and without causing delays on site.

“The client on this project is absolutely delighted with the end result and I am looking forward to duplicating projects of this nature, and can only see that our company success in this regard will be using Ruukki as a partner for materials.” Nick Beresford, SCM Construction.

Complete Energy Efficiency

Not only is this building aesthetically pleasing, it is also energy efficient in itself and the benefits can also be passed on to the consumers. Due to the thermally efficient and air tight construction, customers can save up to 15% moisture content on solid fuel products and therefore receive an extra volume of fuel on each purchase.

The development does not stop here, as plans are in place to install power points to recharge electric vehicles and install 200 kilowatts of solar panels on the industrial unit roof.  The warehouse will be heated with biomass renewables, and rain water is being harvested for reuse on site.

The coal depot has attracted much interest and has a waiting list of tenants ready to occupy the end units that have been created.

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