Bidfood Tauranga Yard & Canopy Extension

This project involved the construction of an all weather storage yard adjacent to the existing Bidfood building and a canopy extension to the dry goods store.

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.

Bidfood NZ
Project Value
$1.1 million
Nov - Sep 22
Structual Engineer: Peter Swan Ltd
Brett Burridge

The challenge

Ground water proved to be a challenge on this site. For the yard construction the cut-off drains were installed first to manage the seepage water before the metal was placed. For the canopy, pumping of the foundation excavations was required while the foundations were constructed.

Careful planning was required by our site manager to organise the works around Bidfood’s operational activities. Good communication with the Bidfood team was essential and the project was successfully delivered.

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