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Mainfreight Gore.

This 2,000m² facility is reinforced by a structural steel frame, supporting a depot and drive-through section. All details are included, from office space and footprint site to signature colour scheme and cladding.







Freight handler Mainfreight Ltd got its start in New Zealand just over a generation ago. Since then, the company has expanded its operations, with management requesting a new facility in 2020 for freight throughput in the Southland area. Of course, Calder Stewart was the obvious choice for this strategic Design Build solution. The freight handler now owns the accomplished Gore building under a long-term lease agreement with Kiwirail, who oversaw the land for construction. 

The Design Build was characterised by our close partnership with Mainfreight Ltd, who shared with us their wealth of experience in construction. This helped with subsequent negotiations over the status of the land and lease agreements, which took considerable time to resolve before construction operations could commence. 

The completed 2,000m² facility includes a depot measuring 1,200m², with an innovative structural steel frame. The entire building feeds into a 600m² drive-through section, with two open ends supplying ample room for multiple truck rigs. The facility also includes a handsomely appointed office section and a large footprint site capable of supporting Mainfreight Ltd's extensive fleet of trucks. 

As with all Mainfreight Ltd projects, we included their branded colour accents across all aspects of the building's finish for interior walls and cladding. Additional details added to the site include a side rail, which will eventually integrate with Kiwirail's line. 

Despite soil remediation issues and Covid lockdown delays, this build was finally completed to the client's satisfaction and now operates as an essential hub for the company in Gore. This new project was an outgrowth of our original work for the client in Invercargill, which met with considerable success. However, what made our partnership unique is that we worked with Mainfreight Ltd to arrive at a suitable design solution together.



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