Coca Cola Enterprises

Wakefield, UK


ProjectCoca-Cola Enterprises GB, Wakefield
ContractorHE Barnes
Install DateMarch 2015
Roof FinishBox profile plastic coated steel
SupportedAHUs / Safe Access
Big FootHD Beams & Custom Safe Access

Big Foot Systems supplied a custom Safe Access solution and HD Beams rooftop plant support to Coca-Cola Enterprises Great Britain (GB) at its Wakefield manufacturing plant in a complex project at the largest soft drinks manufacturing plant, by volume, in Europe. Big Foot Systems provided the best solution with minimal disruption to the Wakefield manufacturing plant.



Coca-Cola Enterprises GB wanted to increase the production hall cooling ventilation capacity, looking to add two new air handling units to the existing lightweight standing seam roof. The project also required minimal disruption to operations during the new installation and to reduce the risk of a leaking roof above a facility capable of producing 6,000 cans of soft drink and up to 2,200 bottles every minute.

Having worked with Big Foot Systems on many occasions, the Coca-Cola Enterprises consultant on the project suggested the possibility of using Big Foot to provide a plant and service support strategy which would eliminate the need to penetrate the roof.

The lightweight roof construction posed an additional challenge for the project, but one that Big Foot Solutions could easily meet. The Big Foot technical team worked collaboratively with HE Barnes, the contractor for the project, and their structural engineer for many months. Big Foot’s technical team was able to propose several solutions for consideration, leading to a fully-developed solution using their HD Beam product to span the main rafters and the purlins, while taking the load back to the main rafters. The solution also provided safe access for maintenance of the newly installed AHUs.

To assist the smooth installation, Big Foot’s Technical Team carried out several site surveys. The engineered design and technical support by Big Foot allowed HE Barnes to provide a detailed lifting plan and method statement to the Coca-Cola Enterprises Health and Safety team. Big Foot’s Technical Team was also on site for the frame erection and AHU crane lift to the roof, utilising a 250 tonne crane with a 60-metre reach. Thanks to meticulous planning and preparation, the full installation was carried out seamlessly within five hours of the crane being set up. Big Foot therefore provided the best solution with minimal disruption to Coca-Cola Enterprises Wakefield manufacturing plant.