The cold store warehouse was constructed on a footprint of 8,500m². It consists of a hall divided into four separate chambers with flexible cooling temperatures of up to -25°C. There is a 15m deep chilled loading bay with 12 loading docks. When first constructed, the cold store achieved Lloyds Register classification and BRC Accreditation against the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution. The project floor slab was designed and laid to freezer specification, with glycol underfloor heating. The main administration and sales office was constructed remote from the cold store with dispatch and testing facilities located on the loading bay.
This development was subject to higher than normal levels of scrutiny as the capital cost was part funded by a financial institution which appointed a firm of chartered surveyors and property consultants to review the engineering design and monitor construction progress and quality. Malone O’Regan worked closely with the Surveyor to ensure that all requisite documents had been critically checked and of a standard to allow for smooth processing of the funding arrangements. Inspection and test plans were agreed and implemented for the construction stage of the project. Design and quality of construction standards were further elevated by the Client’s requirement for the cold store to be classified by Lloyds Register. This necessitated adopting Lloyds standards in respect of key elements including:
- System operational concept
- Alarm systems
- Programmable electronic systems
- Fire detection systems
- Fire-fighting systems
- Control, alarm and safety equipment
- Data communication
Classification also necessitated extra over testing of materials and fabrications. The cold store is located on the site of an old munitions factory and small pockets of contamination were discovered during construction and were remediated to plans prepared and agreed with the Local Authority by Malone O’Regan.