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Spectacular transport of king-size steel trusses to Lely building site

Spectacular transport of king-size steel trusses to Lely building site

Maassluis, 3 July 2012 – During the night of Wednesday, July 4, a major and spectacular transport event will take place at  the site of the Lely new building in the Dijkpolder, Maassluis. Four steel truss segments, each more than 20m long and 8m wide, will be delivered to the building site by road. During the night, four trucks will move across the A20 motorway in a column. They will halt on the motorway's hard shoulder, next to the building site. A crane on the building site will then lift the truss segments (each with a weight of 25 tons) one by one and move them over to the site.

The trusses form part of the intelligent main supporting structure that IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs have designed for the office part of the premises. The supporting structure will consist of fully welded king-size lattice trusses – without bolt connections – that let the office wings ‘float’. These impressive trusses require hardly any more steel per square metre than a regular construction; therefore, use of material is more efficient, which meets Lely’s ambitions in terms of sustainability. The truss structure will be a prominent feature of the new business premises. ConsortArchitects have translated Lely’s innovative character into a building with a technical and industrial charisma. The truss structure is the most conspicuous result of that translation, because the trusses ensure a robust character plus sophisticated details.

‘Smart Building’
Steel manufacturer Hollandia has produced the full length trusses at their site in Heijningen, after which they have been split for transport purposes. ‘Smart Building’ is the idea behind the approach. By manufacturing the trusses ‘in-house’ rather than on the Maassluis building site, Hollandia has ensured ideal production conditions. Thus, weather influences or building traffic cannot interfere and in addition, Hollandia can ensure optimal quality control. Moreover, this benefits the  building process in Maassluis. Hollandia is used to transporting its platforms, bridges and other steel constructions all over the world by water. It appeared that, because of the exceptional width of the trusses, transport from the Maassluis harbour to the building site – straight across the town – was not feasible.

ConsortArchitects also guide Lely through the process of achieving the highest level of sustainability (BREEAM certification) for its offices and production hall. Dura Vermeer Bouw Rotterdam is the main contractor of the building project.

About the Lely Group
Lely, founded in 1948, directs all its efforts towards creating a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming for its customers. Lely is the only company worldwide to supply the agricultural sector with a complete portfolio of products and services ranging from forage harvesting to automated feeding systems, barn cleaners and milking robots. Lely is also working on business concepts to ensure energy-neutral operations in the dairy sector. Since many years Lely is the undisputed market leader in the sales and service of automated milking systems. The company has a strong position in forage harvesting products and with over 60 years unrivalled acquired knowledge in the agricultural cycle Lely has an unrivaled position in agriculture. The Lely Group is active in more than 60 countries and employs some 1,600 people. The annual turnover is around 500 million euro.

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For further information, please contact Els Versluis, International Marketing and Communications Manager Lely Group,, + 31 (0)10 59 96 500.