Roomworks have recently become an official supplier of buildings to the National Trust, this is quite an accolade and testament to the design and build quality of Roomworks buildings.
Roomworks have recently completed a visitor centre in Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Paul Barton director of Roomworks explains the project further:
“The building needed to include a ticket and information point with a mobility scooter store to the rear and canopy at the front. The canopy is effectively a covered area for National Trust members so that they can be fast tracked without have to queue (scan their membership card). The real challenge was that this entire structure needs to be moved to another part of the site in a few years time!!
As we often say – our buildings don’t come apart; either by mistake or deliberately. Our clients are looking for buildings that will last longer than they will, so demountable buildings wouldn’t sit well with our quality assurances.
To overcome this, the whole structure is built in three sections. The main building (9m x 4m),a bolt on canopy and a non-insulated lean to scooter store. The canopy and store simply unbolt but the main structure is built on a hefty steel chassis with carefully position anchor points welded on and buried beneath ground level for the day it is lifted. Channels were cut underneath the subframe and straps buried to so that larger straps could be attached and pulled through on lifting day.
Typically a 4m wide building would present all kinds of challenges if taken on the road but since this building doesn’t need to go off site we had a lot more scope.
Obviously this major requirement impacted on the overall look of the building and it’s fair to say if it was to stay put we would have approached things a little differently. Everyone was impressed though, including the NT’s building inspector. We’re looking forward to ‘hooking up’ with the building in a few years time!!”