Big Foot support for hospital chiller

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Published: 23 April 2018


Big Foot Systems has supplied a custom plant deck to support a chiller on the 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 it to remain accessible for maintenance.
The deck sits approximately 1 metre above the asphalt roof level to allow for pipe runs and comes complete with a custom platform around the perimeter of the chiller. 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 in line with project requirements.

Sales Manager Peter Mellor said: “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. 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.”