The largest industrial building in Australia to receive a 4-Star Green Star environmental rating, as well as the first refrigerated warehouse to receive an industrial Green Star rating, the Metcash Mega Distribution Centre is a cornerstone project for Hansen Yuncken, located at Bungarribee Industrial Estate, Huntingwood.
Comprising a large dry goods warehouse, refrigeration facilities and a multi-storey staff and visitor car park with aerial link bridge to the regional office, this challenging and major project saw Hansen Yuncken effectively coordinate three site teams to deliver a holistic overall solution. The facility also incorporates workshop and battery charge areas, dock levellers, gate house and truck wash facilities, receipt and dispatch satellite offices and accommodation for Metcash’s regional office.
Sustainable initiatives and innovations were incorporated in the design and implemented during on-site activity, including the use of accredited timber and reductions in water and energy use, and a new joinless fibre-reinforced slab, which compared to concrete slab reduces the environmental footprint by 10%. A German high-bay automated racking system that picks without human interaction was a centrepiece of the expansion, used for the first time in Australia. This 25m-high system required extension of the warehouse, and was installed while the facility remained operational.
As a result of Hansen Yuncken’s proactive approach — a great example of the collaboration the Green Building Council seeks with industry— the fire water test credit was improved. The right team of people working under time constraints ensured timely delivery of this innovative 70,000m2 warehouse space.