New ‘best-in-class’ distribution centre to supply Central Australia’s supermarkets

Earthworks are underway for Ahrens’ largest project to date with the design and construct of a new $65 million-dollar distribution centre for Australia’s leading wholesaler and distributor, Metcash.

The new distribution centre will deliver operational efficiencies to Metcash’s retailer network in South Australia and the Northern Territory as well as service Metcash’s Australian Liquor Marketers operation.

The ‘best-in-class’ centre will span almost 70,000m2 – the size of about three Aussie rule football ovals to provide a greater range capacity for grocery, perishables and liquor items.

Scope of works include a 52,000m2 ambient warehouse as well as 14,000m2 of temperature-controlled warehouses consisting of a 9,000m2 chiller and 5,000m2 freezer.

The fit-for-purpose design will be built to a 4-star rating with modern amenities and facilities and an improved working climate.

Further works will include operation dispatch and receival, plant room, services, and charging bays for about 208 forklifts, which will operate within the expansive warehouses.

The facility will also provide greater delivery/pick up flexibility for retailers and an increased dock area in both grocery and perishables with 51 loading docks.

This will include 17 refrigerated docks, 2 igloo docks and 34 docks for the ambient non-perishable warehouse.

Specific loading docks will be designated for receivals and for dispatch to ensure a safe and efficient one-way traffic flow across the site.

Externally, the 14-hectare site will be one-way with single entry and exit and accommodate 299 car parks with 85,000m2 of staff and visitor car parking.

The new facility located in Gepps Cross, Adelaide, has come full-circle, as it will replace Metcash’s existing distribution centre at Kidman Park, which Ahrens completed 19 years ago.

The project affirms Ahrens’ long-established relationship with Metcash, with this being the seventh project Ahrens has completed nationally for the company in the past 20 years.

SOD TURNING: Pictured at the official sod turning ceremony for Metcash were (from left) Metcash Group CEO Jeff Adams, Romeo’s Retail Group Owner and IGA National Retailer Council Chair Joseph Romeo, Foodland Chair Franklin dos Santos and Charter Hall Head of Industrial Development Andrew Simons.