Toyota / Lexus Showroom, Exeter
Snows Motor Group commissioned Sands in 2014 to undertake the external level, drainage and structural design for the new combined Toyota and Lexus car showrooms and servicing facilities.
From a civil engineering perspective, the challenges encountered on this scheme were well known to us at an early stage due to our involvement in the overall Matford Green Business Park strategy and the adjacent Volkswagen showroom.
Structural design had to be tailored to suit the prevailing ground conditions. The steel portal-framed structure was carried by a piled foundation, with the floor slab also being supported on piling.
The team at Sands worked carefully to ensure the most efficient foundation arrangement was utilised. The clients’ demands for the high spec workshop area, complete with car lifts which disappear into the ground when not in use, were also worked seamlessly into our design.