Foodstuffs: An Enterprise Effort

Posted 25 Apr 2015

Advanced Christchurch Distribution Centre Takes Shape

Calder Stewart is proud to have played a leading role in turning Foodstuffs’ carefully laid out expansion plans into a stunning reality. Now fully operational, the new Distribution Centre in Hornby is a testament to Foodstuffs’ vision and our ability to work alongside their team to bring their plans to fruition.

The project itself brought two of our companies to the table. Our development company provided the adjacent land to allow the expansion to take place and our construction company oversaw the project’s management and overall construction. The result is a 32,000m2 facility that tells a story that is enterprise in scope.

According to Client Manager HERMAN VAN HEREL, who was at the centre of the project and primary intermediary with Foodstuffs, “the new centre is almost twice the size of their former space, and was an incredibly big build for the both of us.” As an extension to an existing facility, the primary goal was to centralise distribution from one site, instead of two, the second of which had formerly been maintained in Papanui.

Foodstuffs knew exactly what they wanted, having invested a lot of time researching their options, making this project a pleasure to work on,” explains Herman. “At the heart of the build is an advanced material handling system that uses a two-level conveyor system capable of managing over 15,000 different product types. It’s a very smart piece of plant,” adds Herman. This gave our construction crew an excellent opportunity to further their systems integration experience. Foodstuffs needed to integrate plant equipment as we were building, so the big challenge was sticking to time so they could also coordinate and keep to deadline with their implementation.

Calder Stewart’s construction team, particularly the Project Manager BEN GRANTSite Manager IAN WOODS and Quality Assurance Manager TOBY PIZEY played instrumental roles in handling the day-to-day running of the project. And it was the rest of our construction team, along with our trusted network of subcontractors that allowed us to complete a project that can be characterised as a truly impressive enterprise effort. Well done.