Big Foot steps up
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 (pictured)
The result was a customised plant deck which sits approximately 1m above the roof level to allow for pipe runs. It has a platform around the perimeter of the chiller for maintenance access. Big Foot also provided steps either side of the chiller, to enable access from both sides of the pipework, removing the need for 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.
“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, and provides safe access too.”
Big Foot Plant Deck Frames facilitate multiple VRF/VRV installations with access requirements or restrictions. The frames offer fast install and benefit from a wide base making them very stable.