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Logistics customer story: Big Chill

Overview

Big Chill Distribution specialises in the delivery of chilled and frozen products throughout New Zealand. They operate a fleet of 150 refrigerated trucks.

The Supersite at Highbrook was the third cool store completed for the freight company over the last 10 years, facilitating its rapid growth.

Challenge

A substantial facility that included a head office, chilled warehouse areas, docking bays and extensive yard areas with additional space for future expansion. 

The topography of the site required efficient planning with the design complicated by overhead transmission lines and planning controls protecting the view shaft from Pukekiwirki Reserve.

Goodman Solution

Goodman’s experience in large scale industrial development was critical to the success of the project. Adopting a collaborative, flexible approach and working closely with Big Chill to deliver their new purpose-built facility on time and to budget.

The architectural and engineering solution integrated a corporate head office, two substantial refrigerated warehouse areas (operating at 3 degrees and -20 degrees Celsius) and 15 loading docks.

Future expansion was contemplated in the design and a further 5,200 sqm of space is currently under development, adding to the existing 7,866 sqm facility.

Results

The Big Chill Supersite facility won the 2017 Property Council Excellence Award for Industrial Property. The award-winning property has performed to Big Chill’s exacting specifications and is now being extended to facilitate the customers business growth.

Careful planning, with expansion options included in the original design, has extended the relationship and demonstrated Goodman’s commitment to long-term customer partnerships.   

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