Haribo has been manufacturing jelly sweets since 1920, and today the German company stands at the forefront of the confectionery market. To keep up with demand, Haribo has 18 production facilities across Europe, and the most recent addition to its portfolio is this state of the art manufacturing plant located at Grafschaft, near Bonn.
To comply with seismic requirements, a detailed model analysis was performed.
BuroHappold Engineering was enlisted to provide MEP and structural engineering for the project. A key part of our role involved realising the large, flexible, open plan interior spaces required by our client. We also had to ensure each floor was strong enough to support the heavy loads that would be acting on it, and that the entire structure could withstand the seismic activity of the region. In addition, our MEP strategy had to deliver the carefully controlled conditions required to comply with the stringent specifications of a food production facility.
Our structural engineers devised a concrete floor system which fully supports the client’s aim of open plan storeys. Continuously flat soffits were for the first time used in a new Haribo plant, supporting the significant storage loads placed on these design elements. To comply with seismic requirements, a detailed model analysis was performed, informing the optimal design for the stability structure.
Our team designed a structural system which accommodates plans for future expansion. This is Haribo’s first major production facility where the long span flat slabs aren’t locally deepened through concrete drop heads or downstand beams but were designed with bespoke steel shear heads within the slab depth. Our experts recommended this unique approach in order to deliver the client’s desired potential for full height storage within the building. This will also serve as a benchmark for all future Haribo facilities globally, especially concerning cleanliness and production pipe layout.
To meet the varied needs of each space within the factory, our MEP team devised a series of bespoke systems. These include the use of mechanical cooling systems in the areas used for drying out the sweets for optimum climate control.
By thinking ahead, our engineers were able to optimise an essentially simple structural design and push its capabilities to the limit. In doing so, we not only delivered a flexible, high performance facility for our client, but also created a blueprint for the expansion of the factory in the future.
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