Creativity in designing commercial buildings is back in vogue and the biggest contributor to this push is space and return on portal frame1investment. By mixing the flexibility of the raw material, the modern day production capabilities and our creative ability. The type of business that can be conducted in these environments is endless and in additional the majority of materials used are standard meaning that the costs are reduced.

In simple terms, a building contructed using a steel frame, uses a portal frame covered with a steel cladding. The frame is supported by a concrete base or on some occasions, piers are considered.. The frame is very often designed from large lengths of steel and the nature of the raw material, steel, makes it a very attractive option.

Modern CAD packages are used in in every commercial construction project and the tolerances can be tested on computer plus the amount of material required can be minimised.

When on site, the steel cladding that we use in our buildings is cold formed or in many instances, we roll and cut them to the sizes that we need on site. Having the correct tools and machinery for this purpose is a must.

Because the Portal Frame structures are hot dipped galvanised, they become resistant to corrosion and can easily be backed with a comprehensive guarantee.

The portal frame is also amenable to modern insulation methodologies and the BER being achieved is impressive.

When we erect a steel infrastructure using a portal frame, it is often driven from a Return on Investment objective. Because they may be purpose built, their lifetime may already be pre-determined and therefore time to construct and cost of construction far outweigh the “lifetime” infrastructure requirement, surpassed by speed to market and cost.

The Portal Frame also lends itself well to internal works such as office partitions and shelving. In growing companies, flexibility in tight spaces means that this flexibility is worth paying for.