Rubb Buildings: Building on PPI Success

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Rubb Buildings Ltd’s port storage warehouses and biomass processing facilities have really stood out this year at the RISI PPI Transport Symposium in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Rubb UK and Rubb USA teamed up to promote its respected custom relocatable storage and biomass facilties at the RISI PPI Transport Symposium, a global forest products logistics industry event in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Rubb bulk storage buildings can be readily converted or relocated to store products allowing a much more flexible storage alternative than bulk storage silos. Rubb storage buildings are readily configured to accommodate conveyors and other loading methods. Retaining sidewalls can also be integrated to resist lateral loadings.

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Rubb worked with AJS Contracts Ltd to provide its tallest structure to date and first biomass fuel processing and storage facility for energy giant E.ON UK (pictured above).

The 31.5m span x 137.5m long building at Ironbridge Power Station, Shropshire, UK, has an apex height of 21m. The roof provides stability and support for a 200-ton roof-mounted conveyor system used for the dispersal of biomass fuel products. The structure features a roof pitch of 35° which was designed around the angle of repose of the biomass materials.

Renewable Energy Divisional Manager Martin Wylie said “Rubb Buildings supported us throughout all aspects of the project from initial concept design to construction completion. It was clear from the outset that Rubb were determined to deliver what was their most challenging build ever in the most professional way possible on a project that had an almost impossible timescale. 

“Working on a renewable energy project in the UK brings its own challenges, however this combined with constructing within a world heritage site, such as Ironbridge, really increases the need and focus to operate efficiently and to achieve a build that is aesthetically pleasing. The real breath of fresh air for AJS was to work with a UK turnkey contractor, a company who can design, manufacture and install the complete package, providing auditable quality procedures and more importantly an excellent understanding of UK Health, Safety and Environmental regulations, removing additional pressure from the principle contracting team. 

“Rubb Buildings have developed a product that can be rolled out globally across the renewable industry sector and AJS Contracts would be more than happy to recommend their services to any prospective client.”

Sales Manger Andrew Knox said: “It was an excellent and very worthwhile trip from the UK to Baltimore for PPI. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and got to meet a whole host of contacts, as well as some of RUBB USA’s existing customer base, who are very much apart of the extended Rubb family.

“Our recent work in the UK, such as the E.ON Biomass Store and the Harland and Wolff liftable structure, definitely caught the attention of a number of contacts that we are looking forward to talking to in the future.

“On a personal note it was great to catch up with our USA counterparts and see some of their projects which were very impressive – all in all it was a very enjoyable and successful trip.”

Rubb storage structures are totally customised to the clients’ requirements. Rubb has been meeting the needs of hundreds of customers for more than 30 years and has the expertise and facilities to custom make an extensive range of port storage buildings and biomass processing facilties to suit all needs.

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