One of key challenges on this project was the earthworks, undertaken through both phases of the works.
The site is located within the catchment area of the River Spey, the main salmon river in Scotland, and thus the control of run off from the site was a key design consideration to ensure suitable prevention measures were implemented for both stages of development.
Another key challenge arose when the British Standard for sprinklers was replaced with the Eurocode, and as such the Scottish Building standards required the sprinkler design within the cells to comply with the Eurocode.
The change to the Euro code was not picked up by the Whisky industry and this resulted in more onerous constraints being placed on the sprinkler designs, some of which could not be complied with in relation to the storage of Whisky in barrels.
Blyth & Blyth in conjunction with the client arranged fire testing to be undertaken to justify the sprinkler arrangement to be adopted in racked warehouses, and this has been accepted by the Scottish Government and forms the basis on which current sprinkler designs are implemented for racked warehousing.
Of critical importance to the development planning has been the handling of SUDS. The vast areas of impermeable roof and yards have necessitated the construction of over 6,000m3 of SUDS attenuation and treatment measures. This has required careful design, particularly with the proximity and sensitivity of the River Spey and its importance to the fishing and tourism industries; requiring our very close liaison with SEPA throughout.