This project involved provision of design services for a 41,250m² regional distribution centre. calfordseaden was initially appointed to provide architectural and structural engineering services for the detailed design of Phase 1 of the proposed new retail distribution centre in Northfleet. We were subsequently appointed to Phase 2, for provision of redesign and analysis services for the warehouse and office spaces to suit the changing operational needs of the company.

Towards the end of Phase 1 the client identified a requirement for an auditorium facility. We examined the viability of incorporating a 120 seat auditorium into the scheme and, following the client’s decision to progress this, very promptly designed the facility, including sight-lines, acoustics and materials to form a high quality conference facility.

Phase 2 of the project was effectively a continuation of Phase 1, with the required changes and adaptations incorporated into the Phase 1 scheme drawings, to facilitate the Operation team’s changing requirements.

The external works including earthworks, drainage, contaminated ground issues, attenuation tanks for surface water and pumps on both surface water and foul. Approximately 50,000m² hard standing and on site roadways/car parks were also included in the development.

One of the unique aspects of this site is the garden that has been provided for the staff. The calfordseaden team coordinated the hard and soft landscaping for the garden and provided various options for the garden furniture.

Following the successful planning consent the calfordseaden team maintained a continuous daily input into the project and weekly presence on site. We have acted as design co-ordinator throughout, ensuring compliance with appropriate codes and regulations and liaising with the very many specialists required to complete a project of this size and complexity.