While the warehouse build area sits at 3,500m², 10,000m² of land needed to be reclaimed for this project, allowing for much open space as well as canopied bays and a 160m² office.
Ports of Auckland were implementing Stage 1 of their Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub Crossdock programme and intended to build a warehouse on reclaimed land, which formerly served as an old log yard.
Despite the straightforward requirements for warehousing, an area we are Design Build specialists in, the land reclamation requirements were extensive. Part of the project’s overall aim was to reclaim 10,000m2 of land for conversion to usable roading and site works, proximate to the building itself.
Existing soft organic material was excavated down to a basalt layer to ready the site for construction. Such preparation work meant digging down as far as 5.5m deep in some areas, extracting tree stumps of considerable size in the process. During this stage, our extensive Christchurch rebuild and earthworks experience proved advantageous.
Ports of Auckland’s 3,500m2 warehouse is accented by a number of canopied bays, which support parallel material handling operations. Adjoining the building is 160m2 of office space.