Critical distribution centre delivered ahead of schedule

Ahrens Design & Construct SA team have successfully completed a critical pharmaceuticals distribution centre, seven weeks ahead of schedule.

The $11 million-dollar project involved the design and construction of a new temperature controlled facility for end-user, Sigma Healthcare.

Scope of works included a 10,000m2 warehouse with a 350m2 office and 5,000m2 of external concrete hardstand and carparking.

The project was a high-spec security site with the entire fencing of the perimeter electrified and works including a caged vault for goods of high-illicit value.

The site features a one-way single entry/exit and a loading area with 10 roller doors for dispatch and receival.

Due to the nature of the end-use of the facility, Sigma required extensive industrial racking systems for the storage of its products.

This meant significant coordination with the nominated racking company, however Ahrens were able to allow early access to the site with a staged handover

Ahrens also played a role in facilitating underground services for a site next door underneath the Sigma site’s hardstand.

Sigma Healthcare is Australia’s full-line pharmacy wholesale and distribution business with over 1,200 stores across the nation and owning some of Australia’s most well-known pharmacy retail brands.

Sigma Chief Executive Officer Mark Hooper said the new centre was a testament to the company’s commitment to improving efficiency and customer outcomes, especially in South Australia.

“Sigma services the biggest network of pharmacies in Australia and our distribution centres are critical to ensuring a smooth and speedy wholesale distribution chain, especially for those time sensitive medicines critical for community health,” Mr Hooper said.

“As a company, we are committed to future growth and our new network of distribution centres across Australia will be critical to ensuring pharmacists are always well stocked with the medicines and products required to look after their local communities in the best way possible.”