Freight hub another successful project
The success of the new Ports of Auckland inland freight hub in Horotiu, Hamilton, was greatly assisted by the strong relationships Apollo Projects has with the subcontractors who worked on the project, says Apollo Projects director Mark Woodhouse.
“All the subcontractors worked well together and had great communication, driven by our site team’s focus on communication and planning. Since so many of the subcontractors had worked with us before they knew going in what we expect. We also have a robust quality assurance process in place that includes regular inspections, photographs and checklist sheets. This really helped the project go smoothly from start to finish,” he says.
The project comprised the construction of a 7400 m2 dry store and distribution warehouse on a greenfield site. Mark says that the project was straight-forward without any major challenges, though the construction of the new road required some strategic planning.
The build itself included environmental loading areas (ELAs), loading dock pods, an attached general office for staff and yard areas. There was also a 300 m2 storage area for pallets and security controlled gates. The project took approximately nine months to complete from June 2018 through to March 2019.
It was constructed in four stages – the first two stages built the dry store, then stages three and four focused on the ELAs and the general office construction and fit out last. The project was completed on time, on programme and on budget and Mark says that Apollo Projects really enjoyed working with Ports of Auckland.
“We look forward to strengthening our relation-ship with them through future projects, including a new cross-deck in Wiri we are currently designing. As the inland freight hub development has quite a few acres and a new roadway we expect a lot more building in that area in the future,” he says.
Apollo Projects was started in 2001 and is a turn-key specialist in controlled environments focusing on design and construction management of food and dairy processing facilities, wineries and breweries, cold stores, warehouses and sports and aquatic facilities.
The company has over 40 professional project delivery and support staff spread across New Zealand. As a national operator, this benefits clients with national operations, says Mark. A
s testament to the company’s success Apollo Projects regularly works with major national companies including Fonterra, Goodman Fielder, George Weston Foods, Ngai Tahu and Lion Co as well as private owner-operated businesses, sports organisations and Government/Council entities.
Mark says that by leveraging the company’s theoretical and practical understanding of project buildability leads to a more cost-effective design.
While over the past 18 years Apollo Projects has evolved and grown the core principle has stayed the same – to really focus on optimising each design to suit the specific needs of the client to enhance their business operations.
“We really get into each project from an operator point of view and provide a facility that exceeds expectations and the new Ports of Auckland inland freight hub is a good example of that,” he says.
Recently completed projects include Independent Fisheries project in Christchurch, Golden Bay Fruit Coolstores and Packhouse development in Motueka and Tairoa: QE II Recreation and Sport Centre in Christchurch, which won the best in category Tourism and Leisure Property Award at the 2019 Proper Council New Zealand’s Industry Awards.
Current projects include the Ports of Auckland’s South Auckland Cross Dock, which will include a warehouse with general office building off the front.
Apollo Projects is also working with Sorted Logistics for their first Auckland project, after completing four stages for them in Christchurch. In the South Island the company is working on the Foster Park Recreation Centre in Selwyn, an eight court indoor sports facility with a second-floor track, sports wall, and community rooms.
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