Kings Lynn, UK: Chalcroft has completed a new cold store for frozen fruit and vegetable supplier Ardo UK.
Ardo newly extended coldstore built by Chalcroft
Ardo needed to minimise the impact of a new building because of its location, bordered by the Kent Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as residential communities.
With the guidance of the local council, Chalcroft incorporated exterior cladding in two shades to help mask the structure – pale ‘goosewing grey’ to blend in with cloudy British skies when viewed from below, and a darker grey to merge with surrounding trees when seen from the hills above.
With the original premises built in 2000 and the first extension in 2009, providing both interior and exterior continuity between each phase of construction was a priority for Ardo and Chalcroft. Inside, the building fabric has been carefully sealed to ensure a consistent temperature of -22°C can be achieved.
The new £4m cold store adds almost 1,900m² to Ardo warehousing
Chalcroft also incorporated a protective firewall between the new and existing phases, meaning the business could remain operational as any fire could be contained without spreading to adjacent phases while outside, the cladding was extended to provide a seamless finish.
Chalcroft built a £6.7m cold store and packing hall for Ardo in 2009 over a 44-week period.
In order to fulfil customer commitments, the new build had to be carefully planned so as not to disrupt operations. Jon Barnes, Ardo UK’s Supply Chain and Inventory Director, explained: “Business continuity was critical and our aim was to ensure uninterrupted service for our customers.
“Having worked with Chalcroft on the previous phase, we knew we could rely on them to manage the build sensitively. Indeed, some of the team working on the cold store had been part of the original project and that stability contributed greatly to a well-managed project which was completed on time and on budget, with no disruption to our core business.”
This is the second majpr project for Ardo: Chalcroft built a £6.7m cold store and packing hall for Ardo in 2009 over a 44-week period.
Mark Reeve, Chalcroft managing director, says: “Having the opportunity to undertake new work for existing clients is always gratifying, and is testament to the outstanding service we provide. We develop close relationships with customers, becoming a true partner to them thanks to our understanding of not only the project, but the ongoing needs of their business.”
The new £4m cold store opened in late 2014 and adds almost 1,900m² of storage space to Ardo warehousing, bringing the site total to nearly 9,700m². Capable of holding 4,200 pallets, space-efficient mobile racking has been installed along with LED lighting controlled with motion sensors to reduce energy consumption.
Barnes says: “Our overall storage capacity now exceeds 22,500 pallets and, with more space and improved handling facilities, we are well placed for continued growth in the years to come. Additionally, the efficient sealing of the building and motion-controlled lighting have contributed to our energy efficiency targets, saving us 97% of our electricity usage on lighting alone.”