You may have seen vehicles or heavy vehicles turning up the ramp of an industrial building.
As for ramp up factories, there are usually ramps for vehicles to drive up to the front of the warehouse or factory unit for easy loading and unloading of goods. The turning radius of the ramp for that particular development will determine which types of vehicles are able to ramp up to the unit.
For flatted factories, there are usually cargo or goods lifts and loading bays available to cater for loading and unloading of goods.
Turning Radius May Vary
For B2 ramp up factories or warehouses, as they are usually meant for heavier industrial and manufacturing activities as compared to B1 industrial properties which are usually meant for lighter and cleaner activities, you may see that the turning radius of B2 industrial properties are sometimes wider to cater for trailers and containers turning up the ramp to access directly to the unit. However, this will still depend on the specifications of the building which may vary for different developments.
For certain developments, the ramp may be wider to cater for 20 footer rigid frame vehicles or 20/40 footer container trailers to ramp up to the unit.
How to Tell if the Turning Radius is Sufficient
From the specifications of the building, you would be able to tell which vehicles are able to ramp up to the unit on the upper levels. For example if the industrial property is built for 20 footer container trailers to ramp up, it would mean that 20 footer container trailers, 20 footer rigid frame vehicles, vans, pickup trucks or cars will most probably have no problems with accessing and going up the ramp.
What Else to Take Note
Other than the turning radius of the ramp, you should also take note of the clearance height to see if it will be sufficient for the vehicle to ramp up without hitting the Mechanical & Electrical Systems (M & E Systems), ceiling or any other fixtures or fittings. Sometimes, there may be ventilation ducts under the ceiling area. These ducts may also affect the clearance height for vehicles. Besides the turning radius, the clearance height is also another factor which can help you to identify which are the types of vehicles that are able ramp up and drive directly to the front of the unit.