Port of Felixstowe – Retractable Tunnels – Storage and Testing


While a permanent facility was being installed to handle greater volumes of incoming traffic, Port of Felixstowe required a temporary structure which enabled goods to be unloaded from multiple individual shipping containers simultaneously and decanted into a storage and testing facility.


We supplied a 25m x 25m temporary storage structure on a 5m eave, linked to five retractable tunnels, each 3m in length, providing an incredibly versatile protective environment.

By integrating five independent retractable tunnels as part of the temporary storage facility – with the option of tunnels operating independently or together – the Port’s unloading capacity was increased, providing a controlled protective environment for goods being moved to the building from some of the 4 million containers arriving at the port each year.

Scott Jameson, Spaciotempo’s Managing Director, explains, “Port of Felixstowe had very specific project requirements, so we came up with a detailed, bespoke solution that’s ideal for their needs.  Because Spaciotempo’s aluminium structures do not require groundworks, we were able to install both the main building and the tunnels that lead into it, very quickly. They will stay in place while the port is modifying its current facilities, enabling a seamless transition from temporary to permanent for our customer.”

The structure, erected in double-quick time, features a special uPVC cavity wall system, a double-skinned thermos-insulated roof, and roller-shutter doors. It is acting as a holding area which is connected to the main warehouse by a weatherproof link.

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Fact File

Where: Felixstowe
Size: 25m x 25m building on a 5m eave,
PLUS five 3m long retractable tunnels
Use: Storage and testing
Why: Development of new permanent
buildings for increased volume of traffic
Special Features: Five retractable

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