Looking from the administration building observation deck across the full new Cochrane's Transport distribution centre site, showing the truck loading / unloading distribution and sorting centre in the foreground, with the longer term storage warehouse in the background (right) and refueling station (bottom right).
Entrance to Cochrane's distribution centre. One-way drive through access for the largest trucks. High roof span. External roof support poles only.
Traffic flow design was critical, to create a one way path for large volumes of heavy load trucks. The 70 metre wide, full undercover loading / unloading canopy protects Cochrane's clients' stock and employees.
Truck and vehicle one-way traffic flow down both sides of the Cochrane's distribution centre, with all rain captured in two tanks that feed water to the truck washing station.
The distribution and truck docking centre has been located directly alongside Cochrane's warehouse to ensure efficiency to transfer stocks requiring longer term storage. Wide open areas free of poles and large doors increase visibility and safety for forklift movements and staff.
A view of the inside of Cochrane's distribution centre. Design of the roof span ensures no central support poles are required, maximising space usability and reducing risk of forklift strikes. A seamlesss cement floor reduces forklift tyre wear and tear plus noise pollution.
Opaque roof sheeting was included to enable natural light to fill Cochrane's distribution centre to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. High ceilings and access doors offers even the biggest of trucks easy access.
The warehouse has a 10.5m high roof giving Cochrane's Transport plenty of space for vertical fitout of pallet shelving.
Floor to ceiling shelving fitout in Cochrane's distribution centre allows for short easy short term racking of product in transit.
Design focused on maximising storage space in the distribution centre for high volume turnover of client products.
Dual access truck refueling station offers efficiencies of swift turnaround to get vehicles back on the road in a safe, controlled environment.
Modern, spacious, easy to clean bathrooms and wash areas feature across the full site, including large stainless steel wash troughs with extended tap nozzles for staff to thoroughly clean up after a busy day.
Cochrane's administration centre co-located, giving them good views across the full distribution centre site, with ample visitor parking surrounding their building.
A front view of Cochrane's Transport's administration building with ample staff parking surrounding it and shades over windows designed to minimise summer sun hitting the glass directly to both improve employee comfort and reduce reliance on airconditioning thereby reducing electricity consumption.
Cochrane's administration building viewed from the rear, showing truck access to a materials storage / delivery area, also undercroft for protection from the weather.
Natural light floods into Cochrane's front reception to greet their clients.
A view of Cochrane's client meeting room and general team admin zone. A simple open plan design, with exposed cement ceiling which reduced fit out cost and adds long term functionality in respect to ease of cleaning and maintenance.
Opened October 2020
Woolcock Construction was delighted to be invited by Cochrane’s Transport to prepare designs and quotes for building their operations depot at Gillman, followed by full construction of their new facilities including:
First communications with our client occurred in September 2019, with final handover of the project in September 2020. This tight timeframe ensured Cochrane’s full operational capacity was running at the new site in time for their busiest month of the year – October.
The complete project investment was around $13 million, delivered on budget and on time.
During the planning phase, Woolcock Construction presented our client with a range of static design renders and fly-through video presentations, to assist them to gain a better feel for the proposed designs.
Coupled with floor plans and illustrations, the combined output gave Cochranes’s team a clear picture of proposed features embedded into the project, and a feel for the usability of the site on completion.
A 35,000m2 tract of land was the blank canvas offering ample flexibility to layout a site that
• co-located all company services on one site
• offered large trucks efficient and safe access using a one-way traffic flow through the site
• gave access to an undercover 70 metre wide portal span canopy for sheltered loading / unloading
• increased capacity for storage of client products, both short and long term
In total, 18,000m2 of buildings were constructed on this site, with close attention paid to the environmental impact of operations.
Rainwater is captured and feeds into 4 Rainwater Tanks each with a storage capacity of 63,000 litres, drastically reducing Cochrane’s reliance on mains supply water.
A separate Warehouse with a 10.5 metre high single span roof sits adjacent to the Distribution Centre, enabling stocks that require storage for longer periods of time to be efficiently moved across from the Distribution Centre.
The Office Administration Building was designed to have a range of client meeting rooms and admin offices on the ground floor, with additional modern design office space on the first level. Cleverly, construction of the first level today only covers half of the footprint of the ground floor, giving Cochrane’s an option to expand the first level in future years.
The interior design of the Administration Building carries Cochrane’s corporate theme, which was demonstrated and fine-tuned with their team in advance using Woolcock’s animated flythrough presentation.
Woolcock Construction were delighted to work with Cochrane’s Transport on this major project that has already revolutionised the capacity and future growth of their company. Videos of the animated render flythrough presentation and a drone video of the final outcome can be viewed on this page.
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