As leading offsite innovators with expertise across all construction sectors – EOS specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of bespoke steel framing systems (SFS) for the offsite markets. EOS are part of Etex Group and through combined expertise in drywall, passive fire protection and steel framing systems – the group has created a unique range of tested and warrantied solutions for building envelopes including the Thrubuild® and Thruwall® range.
The development of these high performance non-combustible and fully warrantied complete walling and flooring solutions is driving demand and increasing Etex’s requirement for warehouse facilities.
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, a vast new Etex warehouse has been completed in the Belgian town of Tisselt and commissioned for use. The 15,000m² facility has been designed for efficient use and safety – minimising the need for manual handling of materials. Taking a box within a box approach, inside this modern structure an office complex has been constructed with separate areas for drivers and logistics operatives.
During the design phase it was proposed that the structure for the
office buildings be constructed in loadbearing light gauge steel frame from Etex company EOS.
This project has been achieved through the coming together of many Etex brands and the close collaboration of constructor Bolckmans.
This collaborative approach resulted in a fast and quick construction method and in only a few days the full steel framing loadbearing
system was erected.
For construction company Bolckmans it was the first time working with this new innovative building technique. Two instructors from the EOS technical team guided Bolckmans’ operatives through the process – they were delighted with the outcome and are now firmly convinced about the advantages of light steel frame construction.
The building is not only highly functional but also aesthetically appealing. The coming together of Etex brands and collaborating as ‘ONE ETEX’ required detailed co-ordination and teamwork throughout the Etex Tisselt Warehouse supply chain involving Etex Engineering, Etex EHS, Etex Exteriors, Etex Building Performance, Etex New Ways and EOS.
The offsite manufactured Thrubuild® system delivers structures faster, with assured performance built in. The Thrubuild® system range specification included:
EOS Light Steel Framing
• C100-1.2mm for the walls and facades
• C250-2.0mm for the floor and ceiling cassettes
• 100mm 45kg/m³ Rock Mineral Wool in between the studs
• The external finish is protected by Siniat Weather Defence with
60mm Rock Mineral Wool on top and wooden battens to support
• The facade comprises Etex Exteriors Equitone Tectiva TE60