Through our long-standing relationship with Port Otago’s property subsidiary Chalmers Properties, we worked with their client Chep New Zealand, a pallet specialist, to find a new location to house its Dunedin operations and provided a custom design and build solution.
Our proposal met the client’s requirements and adhered to the unique size and shape of the construction site. Among these were the need for pallet servicing and storage bays, administrative offices and exterior storage areas for Chep’s pallet inventory.
The load-bearing capacity of the floors was a crucial aspect of the project, so we consulted with geotechnical specialists and structural engineers to devise a raft floor slab scheme. The heavily reinforced structure of this essentially floats and was able to meet building requirements.
Another aspect of the project that required an innovative solution was interior height restrictions around pallets the client needed to stack and store. We worked very closely with municipal safety authorities and settled on an innovative and novel approach, which called for the installation of a laser beam system that triggers alarms when critical heights are reached.