Conport Structures Ltd - Gambella, Ethiopia March 2019

Unicef World Food Programme

A custom specification of metal roof and wall has provided a lightweight, durable and secure alternative to temporary canvas tents for a wide range of humanitarian aid projects.

The Project

The global efforts of organisations such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are vital in responding to humanitarian emergencies. From dealing with the fallout following a hurricane to the challenges of a global pandemic, their work helps communities around the world survive and recover from all manner of crises. Prefabricated structures are an essential resource in delivering this work. They can provide shelter and healthcare for people, storage for key resources such as food, or a base of operations to co-ordinate actions.
 
Since 2004, Euroclad Group has been delivering custom specification metal roof and wall materials for Conport’s Flospan structures, which provide a lightweight, durable and secure alternative to temporary canvas tents for a wide range of humanitarian aid projects.  These structures have been used in over 50 countries by organisations including UNICEF and the WFP. Recent applications have included the construction of over 100 Flospans in Ethiopia, providing an additional 50,000 metric tonnes of food storage for refugee camps, and over 50 stores for dispensing blended nutrition from rural clinics to prevent childhood stunting.
 
After using Euroclad’s products in offsite production processes, Flospan units can be transported to remote locations and constructed to a high standard using only hand tools and without the need for heavy lifting equipment. In fact, the profiled steel sheets supplied by Euroclad help reduce weight whilst still providing excellent versatility and protection against the elements.

Location:
Global
System:
Custom specification: 38-914 Roofing Sheets (Ridge Sheet, Ridge Vent Sheet, Side Tier Curve)
Material:
ColorcoatĀ® pre-finished steel from Tata
Main Contractor:
BAM Construction
Client:
Conport Structures Ltd

Challenge

Delivering structures for projects of this nature presents a number of key challenges. Sites are often in remote locations and key infrastructure such as roads and power lines may be damaged. As a result, it is essential to make the most of any deliveries which can be made and to ensure the structures can be fabricated without the need for power tools or dedicated on-site support.
 
In addition, humanitarian emergencies are, by nature, unpredictable and facilities may be required to last for months, years or decades. As a result, the temporary structures need to be
adaptable for a variety of uses and durable enough to stand the test of time including potentially extreme weather conditions.
 
Euroclad has worked closely with Conport to develop bespoke materials that meet these challenging requirements, refining their design through a process of continual dialogue. With materials being sent to projects in Africa and around the world, attention to detail is paramount, not only in the product manufacture but also in order management and processing, as everything needs to be right first time. Our market leading technical services and dedicated account management ensures the demands of these projects are fully met within the required timeframe.

Action

Working from detailed drawings provided by Conport, Euroclad’s bespoke, profiled steel sheets are made to size, curved on automatic crimp curving presses and pre-drilled to exacting tolerances. This fully pre-engineered approach, in combination with the lightweight steel construction, means the units can be erected by a team of 3-5 workers in just 3 days and are also 100% redeployable.
The pre-curved sheeting facilitates Flospan’s frameless steel structure, which echoes the shape of traditional canvas tents. This also allows for extremely efficient stacking and shipping. Over 1100 m2 of Flospan buildings can be shipped in a single 20 ft container, making it easier to deliver a lot of materials quickly and supporting the efficient deployment of aid.

The pre-finished steel produced in a White colour from Tata Steel, acts as an excellent heat reflector. This makes the finished units ideal for food storage by helping to keep stores fresher for longer. Euroclad’s steel sheeting creates a continuous structural skin that can flex, providing strong resistance to extreme weather events including hurricane force winds. The material and structural design also enable the units to withstand heavy precipitation, earthquakes even when constructed on bare ground.

When asked about the experience of working with Euroclad and the reasons for specifying with them, Andrew Merton, Conport’s Managing Director, explained:

“Euroclad have always been hugely supportive of the work we do. They have worked day and night to meet exacting timelines and they always give us an excellent service. They roll every week the profile of steel sheet we need for Flospan and pre-drill to our exact requirements so we know we can confidently rely on them.”

Euroclad’s commitment to high-level service has enabled this long-standing relationship to flourish, resulting in the development of products which continue to make a valuable contribution to global humanitarian aid.

Results

In 2020, the World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”.
 
Euroclad Group and Conport are proud to play a part in WFP’s important work, delivering trusted building solutions to help address food insecurity around the world and contributing to the achievement of this prestigious prize.
 
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