Bidfood Hobsonville Temperature Controlled Distribution Centre Cold Store

Construction of a new, large-format, temperature-controlled distribution centre.

Bidfood’s Auckland North Distribution Centre expanded the company’s capacity to deliver timely orders, especially to those customers north of the Waitemata Harbour. Up to 12 trucks at a time can be serviced at environmental load areas, and the centre provides a large dry store as well as temperature-controlled storage for more than 4300 pallets of product.

Bidfood NZ
Project Value
August 2018 - August 2019
Peter Swan Limited

The challenge

A significant cut, and removal of existing materials, was required across the entire site, so we focused on achieving a precise and efficient construction programme in consultation with the project’s Architect and Engineers. Despite the complexity of this planning, site activities worked in well with each other and haul roads used for taking earthworks spoil off the site did not isolate any live construction areas. The construction project includes a 1540sqm coldstore, a 440sqm chiller, a 1600sqm dry store and more than 900sqm of environmental load areas (ELAs). Special-purpose facilities include a plant room, forklift recharge room and a large drive-through canopy. We constructed four-metre-high timber retaining walls to stabilise areas along the boundary where deep excavations were necessary. The project has a clear safety and environmental record.

How we made a difference

  • Precisely and efficiently sequenced and programmed earthworks and civil engineering so that building construction work could begin safely on a portion of the site while civil construction continued on the remainder
  • Minimised resulting delays due to complexities associated with engineered retaining wall and surcharge from neighbouring property
  • Created hard stand areas to mitigate the effects of inclement weather during the winter season. This entailed progressively stripping the site before placing hardfill during site establishment
  • Completed the two-storey office building ahead of the programme
  • Suggested more cost-effective cladding for the south side of the building, which reduced construction and ongoing costs for the client and will benefit the building’s longevity
  • Facilitated value engineering with the client and consultant, making several significant savings for the client
  • Managing separate contractors engaged by the client
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