Thatchers Base Tank

Thatchers Base Tank

In the heart of Somerset, this new industrial facility for Thatchers Cider was designed to accommodate 36 stainless-steel base tanks.

Logistics & Industrial - South West

Project Overview

In the heart of Somerset, this new industrial facility for Thatchers Cider was designed to accommodate 36 stainless-steel base tanks, each of which is able to store 130,000 litres of concentrated cider.

The building is 15m to the eaves (to accommodate tanks mounted vertically) and is a braced steel frame. The curved roof profile and green cladding reduces the visual impact of the building in the rural landscape.

The building has a glazed external staircase and removable a panel in the roof to allow future replacement of base tanks. Tanks are supported on a continuous 600mm thick raft slab/foundation onto Mercia Mudstone strata. An adjacent ancillary building houses laboratory facilities to monitor quality of stored cider product and extensive valve and pipe gear.

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures

Client:

Thatchers

We worked with:

Architect: David James & Partners
Contractor: Devon Contractors

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The Challenge

The base tank building was going to be completed before the very large stainless steel tanks were available for installation within it.

Our Solution

We designed a sliding hatch for the roof so that tanks could be lowered in later, and then removed for maintenance or upgrading in future.  

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