Case Study – Dawn Pac

Cross Hands, South Wales


Dawn Pac are retail packers of fresh and value added meat products. In 2003 we were commissioned as principal structural engineers for the construction of a £35 million, 210,000 square foot factory and office block development on a Greenfield site.

We were to provide a full design service on this project employed directly by the end user Dawn Pac.


  • Arrange and supervise a detailed site investigation of the development site
  • Recommend a foundation solution for the building
  • Design and detail the foundations and floor slabs
  • Tender Design and detail of the steel framed factory and office block complex
  • Tender and review steel fabricators quotations
  • Oversee the steel design
  • Design all secondary steelwork to support plant and equipment
  • Design and detail the external works to include silo bases, pits, retaining walls and ramps
  • Attend site meetings during the construction phase


  • Window sampling boreholes to determine ground conditions and obtain soil samples for geo-technical analysis
  • Piled foundations and reinforced concrete ground beams for the heavily loaded office block and reinforced pad foundations for the factory
  • Steel portal and lattice roof trusses to the factory, incorporating movement joints due to the length of the building and the requirement for structural fire breaks
  • Beam and stick construction for the office block with “Slimfloor” construction for the floors
  • Precast retaining walls to the perimeter of the building around loading docks
  • Reinforced concrete yard slabs and ramps