Auckland Airport Thinks Outside the Box in Huge Warehouse Project

Earthworks are under currently underway in phase 1 of the construction of New Zealand’s biggest design and build industrial facility, but this 65,000m2 warehouse and associated commercial office building will be much more than a giant box. The facility, which will be located at The Landing Business Park at Auckland Airport, is being designed to create something truly unique, reinforcing the established design ethos that underpins the Landing Business Park as New Zealand’s leading mixed use business park. As well as the warehouse, the development includes significant land development works, an 9000m2 office building and a 1000 capacity carpark complex. The office building is being designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star design and built rating for both base build and fitout.

Xigo are delivering project management services for client Auckland Airport for the development, from establishment phases, through the design and construction stages, right up until handover to operations for Foodstuffs, who will be the tenant. It is due to be complete in early 2021.

“Auckland Airport are seeking to continue the strong design focus that has become a feature of The Landing Business Park. In addition to the innovative design features associated with this project, there is also a high degree of construction complexity and limited precedent for buildings of this size within New Zealand. The warehouse will have a single apex roof, spanning 230m and an overall length of 270m, with breezeways to the east and west sides and approximately 26 truck docks throughout the building, while the office building features earth bunds which meet with the curved roof line, integrating with the established parkland areas along the precinct’s periphery.”

“The design has to be future-proofed too, as it needs to allow for possible expansion of the warehouse over the long term. It really does make for an exciting development, with more than 18 consultants engaged to assist with design. Xigo are thrilled to be involved,” says Shane Phillips, Xigo’s Project Manager on the Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) Project.

The design and delivery of the warehouse and office space is being coordinated with Foodstuffs, the tenant, whose goal is to maximise efficiency and performance of what will be their national distribution centre for ambient goods. The warehouse will feature large racking systems, whose design will be largely driven by Foodstuffs in order to achieve their operational goals. The office will look to accommodate approximately 1,000 Foodstuffs’ employees, whilst also containing several conference, catering and presentation areas. Details of the design cannot be released as yet, but as the project progresses updates will be posted in future Xigo newsletters.

Smaller areas surrounding the 155,000m2 main project area are allocated to be used as public open spaces. Landscaping features within these public open spaces may be integrated within the land development aspect of the FSNI project, the plan being to make the area social, friendly and relaxing for all. Earthworks have started to preload the area under the building platforms, whilst also shifting soil to areas where public open space landscaping will occur in the future.

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