Client Name:
Pirelli Tyres (UK) Limited
Contractor:
Thomas Armstrong Construction
Value:
£9m
Carlisle, Cumbria

Appointed by Pirelli Tyres, Architects Plus assisted in the design and construction of new factory buildings at their existing tyre production site in Carlisle, Cumbria.

The initial appointment required architectural design input to understand the necessary size of each building to enclose new tyre making equipment alongside submission of the necessary planning applications alongside discharge of their associated planning conditions.  The practice were further involved to obtain building regulations approvals and prepare construction packages for the appointed contractor under a Design & Build contract.

Our involvement to co-ordinate the proposals assisted the client, contractor and lead structural engineer whilst provide associated architectural  information packages leading to construction.  The input also required a review of the fire strategy with the client’s fire consultant.

The completed development includes a 90 metre long portal frame extension for rubber extruding equipment linked to the existing production factory, and a more complex 30 metres tall three storey building, to enclose new rubber mixing equipment.

Design considerations included the lift and stair cores, adjacent fire escape stairs and ‘ships ladders’ providing access to ‘carbon black’ pipework.  Given the shear height of the building, a series of technical reviews were required to consider the type of wall constructions factoring the partition heights, fire resistance requirements and differing room temperatures whilst working with a specialist installer. The design input included ancillary office spaces, staff changing, shower and WC facilities, plus layout and size of electrical substation rooms, switch rooms and associated plant rooms prior to the installation of tyre machinery.