Foodstuffs North Island Head Office and Distribution Centre
The Foodstuffs North Island Development at The Landing, Auckland International Airport includes a 75,000m² warehouse and 8,500m², three-story standalone head office building. As the largest warehouse in New Zealand, it serves as Foodstuff North Island’s distribution centre for ambient supermarket products for over 100 supermarkets. The development replaces eight buildings, centralising grocery distribution in the upper North Island.
One of the key aims of the client was to approach the project from the perspective of all stakeholders – customers, suppliers, members and staff – ensuring that the buildings reflect their values and provide a comfortable environment for all. The flexible design and enduring aesthetics enable people to connect and collaborate in a vibrant, innovative and future-thinking space wherein Foodstuffs can grow and evolve over time.
The distribution centre, designed by Eclipse Architecture, is the size of eight rugby pitches. It includes 2,900 photovoltaic panels, enough to support the entire head office facility.
The elegant Head Office building, designed by Monk Mackenzie Architects, aims to bring people together in a collaborative ‘activity based’ setting. The space features a ground floor public area including a 300-person conference centre, a large atrium, collaboration workspaces, cafés, test kitchens, demonstration areas, member’s lounge, wellness centre, outdoor courtyard areas and a large open-plan office over two floors, with formal and informal meeting spaces.
Working closely with the Executive steering committee, tenant department representatives, external consultants, change managers, landlord and contractors, RDT Pacific was able to provide strong leadership and a high degree of project governance, structure and continuity to a large pool of stakeholders to ensure the Foodstuffs principles, and other critical success factors, were maintained. Supporting Foodstuffs from inception to operations, using a highly coordinated mix of skills implemented at the right point in the process, was paramount to the project’s success.
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