Woolworths, one of Australia’s major supermarket chains, is expanding its existing Adelaide Regional Distribution Centre (ARDC) at Gepps Cross, north of Adelaide, to improve and support deliveries to its South Australian and the Northern Territory locations. Increasing capacity of the existing ARDC facility to 94,000m² will provide additional temperature controlled and warehouse storage areas. The $57 million expansion has been funded by the landowner, Growthpoint Properties, under a new 15-year lease of the entire distribution centre.
The site will benefit from a new 1.6MVa solar energy system to provide one fifth of the facility’s energy needs, producing enough green energy to power the equivalent of 300 homes. The site will also benefit from an expanded recycling facility for pallets, commensurate with Woolworths’ commitment to further reducing plastics and cardboard within its supply chain.
The project has been split into multiple stages (RTF Building, Temperature Controls Extension, Ambient Extension, Offices and Linkway, Carparks), each with sub-stages, to ensure that the distribution centre can continue operations during the entirety of the works. Hutchinson Builders have managed the full expansion, co-ordinating all trades and contractors onsite to ensure the achievement of deadlines.
Dewick & Associates has provided Builder Manuals for each stage of the project incorporating a scope of works, manufacturers’ literature, certificates, warranties, test results, maintenance procedures, maintenance log sheets and as installed drawings, to provide a concise set of handover documents for easy reference in the future.
Builder: Hutchinson Builders