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Automated Storage, Retrieval System and Logistics Building Castle Bromwich

The new development provides much needed logistics space on the Castle Bromwich site to supply parts directly to the production line.

The facility comprised of two principal buildings: The Logistics Operations Centre – a traditional logistics building with covered loading bays, and the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) – a high bay narrow aisle completely automated storage facility. In addition, a new gate, trailer parks and internal road network were required.

The multidiscipline Ridge design team, appointed immediately following the feasibility study, worked closely with the in-house construction team and a specialist logistics team to develop the project requirements and design brief for the building.

Working to extremely challenging timescales the team developed the design, running many work streams concurrently, and submitted a planning application within two months of appointment.

The design had to respond to a complex set of requirements, ensuring an efficient and safe route for materials and vehicles into the site, then onto the production line.

Located on the perimeter of the plant, the design needed to be sensitive to the views from adjacent buildings, particularly in accommodating the 30-metre-tall ASRS tower.

The design team had to work closely with the contractor’s procurement team to advance the design of long lead items ahead of other areas of the design. This was all carried out in parallel with developing the final design to meet the end user’s requirements.

Concurrently, Ridge M&E teams developed the infrastructure plans for the new buildings ensuring they co-ordinated with, and provided additional resilience to, the existing site services.

The project was delivered on time, maintaining business continuity throughout, despite the challenging programme and the difficulties of working on a busy production site.

  • 34,000sqm

    Combined area of facilities

  • 30 metres

    Height of ASRS tower

  • 17 months

    From appointment to completion, including planning and tender

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