Bidfood own a site directly beside their facility in Tauriko which was not being used. With a shortage of yard space in the Tauriko industrial area, Bidfood wanted to develop the site into an all-weather yard that could be leased to generate an income.
The site for the new yard is adjacent to a bank that produces ground water that seeps across the site, mainly in winter. To manage the seepage water a series of cut-off drains were installed that drain to a manhole which discharges into the public stormwater system. The full area of the site was stripped and a new all-weather metal surface was laid. Perimeter fences with a concrete road crossing and gates were also constructed.
The dry goods storage facility operates 24/7 and in all weather conditions. The existing canopy provided insufficient weather protection for loading and unloading of goods so new 600 sqm canopy extension was added.
The canopy construction involved new foundations and stub columns, steel portal frames, metal roofing, light fittings and fire detection. The portal spans are significant so specially fabricated beams and columns were required to achieve a large, covered area without intermediate supports, to allow truck movements.