Foodstuffs North Island Head Office and Ambient Distribution Centre
Client: Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL)
Project value: Confidential

“The culture that TSA have developed and maintained on the project has given AIAL confidence that the program and commercial outcomes are in safe hands. As we have moved into the construction phase”.

TSA are project managers for the development of the largest distribution centre in New Zealand. Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) are developing a 75,700m2 warehouse, and 9,000m2 standalone head office building at The Landing Business Park, Auckland Airport. The size of the project has meant that Auckland Airport must first convert arable farmland into level land, serviced by infrastructure, and capable of supporting building improvements. The innovative design features of the buildings have been designed to achieve a Green Star 5 design and built rating for both base-build and fitout. The site also features landscaping works and a 1,000 space car park. While the land conversion and buidling are two distinct components, they are being undertaken concurrently as one project over a three-year duration.

TSA are managing a team of 26 different design disciplines across the two building and one significant land development package, with three construction contractors on site simultaneously. Clear communication, management of expectations and control of document flow have been fundamental to ensuring that everyone is on the same page, at all times.

To drive innovation, TSA has coordinated an impressive 16-crane lift to install approximately 7,000m² of roof steelwork in one go – the largest number of cranes used in a single-lift in NZ. The complete preassembly of the trusses on the ground prior to lift has proven not only to be safer but has allowed for the efficient installation of primary services. This approach to construction means the operation to date has been both faster and more cost-effective than traditional methods.

Practical completion of the entire facility is planned for Q4 2020. When complete the facility will be the North Island Distribution Centre for over 100 supermarkets. The office will accommodate approximately 1,000 Foodstuffs’ employees, along with a flexible ground floor design for conference, catering and presentation areas.