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Big Foot Systems Provides Support at Manchester Royal Infirmary

17 May 2018

Big Foot Systems has supplied a custom plant deck to support a chiller on the asphalt roof of Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Big Foot Technical worked with the contractors to design a solution that allowed the chiller to sit above existing pipework whilst allowing the chiller to remain fully accessible for maintenance.

The result was a fully custom plant deck, designed specifically for the requirements of the project.

It sits approximately 1m above the roof level to allow for pipe runs and comes complete with a custom platform around the whole perimeter of the chiller to provide access for maintenance.

Big Foot also provided steps either side of the chiller, to enable access from both sides of the pipework, which saved the need for any step overs in another location.

Big Foot Technical used foot pressure calculations, UDL (roof load) figures and a wind summary to ensure that the design was fit for purpose and was in line with the project’s requirements.

“It was important to supply a support solution that was not only fit for the roof and weather conditions but that also provided suitable access to the plant” explained Peter Mellor, Sales Manager at Big Foot Systems.

“The design that our technical team produced spreads the load of the chiller safely and evenly, factors in local prevailing winds and provides safe access too.”

Big Foot Plant Deck Frames have been designed in line with customer demand to facilitate multiple VRF/VRV installations with access requirements or restrictions.

The frames offer fast install with three standard sizes in stock and custom design to suit all applications. The systems also benefit from a wide base making them stable in high wind locations, often a design consideration with very tall units.

Offering specifiers a comprehensive range of freestanding systems, Big Foot’s products are designed and manufactured by the company for a wide variety of applications, including HVAC, solar units and safe access equipment.

The product portfolio provides complete, simple, safe and secure non-penetrative, prefabricated roof support systems negating a need for time consuming and costly penetrations through the roof.

Big Foot Systems’ products and systems are quick and easy to install ensuring project cost and time clarity, thus reducing the need for complex, time-consuming and expensive detailing.

Offering improved roof aesthetics, Big Foot Systems provides engineered solutions that are innovative in design, robust and repeatable.

Big Foot combines market leading products and services, which include system design and on-site support. Available to install in all weathers utilising familiar componentry, all systems are designed with safety, security and simplicity in mind.

Finally Big Foot Systems offers short manufacture and delivery lead times to help a project meet its schedule and stay within budget.


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