Property and Infrastructure Specialists
Full-service delivery from concept to handover, of a customised distribution facility and storage solution with highly complex requirements.
Client
Fashion Biz
Location
Gnangara, Perth
Value
Approx. $8M

Customised materials-handling, storage and distribution solution

Fashion Biz is a corporate apparel business and one of the largest suppliers of uniforms to the distributor and wholesale sectors in Australasia.

While the organisation traditionally relied on agencies to store and distribute products throughout Western Australia, this channel needed to change in order to support forecast growth for Perth and the region.

To accommodate this growth, Fashion Biz commissioned two warehouse and office tenancies totalling 7,500m2 to house a new Western Operations and Distribution Centre.

Full-service delivery from concept to handover

APP was engaged by Fashion Biz early on to provide delivery services including project management and superintendence, from concept planning right through to delivery and handover.

The brief was to deliver a cost effective, high quality and sustainable office space/warehouse to meet the needs of its customers and daily operations within a very aggressive program.

The APP Team worked in close consultation with Fashion Biz to develop a comprehensive principal project requirements document and preliminary design to fully scope the project.

We recommended the most suitable procurement strategy and managed all aspects of the tender and contract award process, then transitioned into the role of superintendent to facilitate prompt site possession to the contractor which was critical to the timely completion of the project.

Challenges

The single most significant asset within the warehouse was the three-tier racking and conveyor system, which required careful coordination with a separate contractor to ensure full compliance with applicable Australian Standards and Building Regulations.

Other complexities included:

  • Truck access and turning circles
  • Fire protection to separate building compartments
  • Adequate land levels to suit the required size of distribution and racking layouts.

Achievements

APP’s detailed understanding of the complex racking system ensured that these unique requirements were fully articulated during the tender and design development stages, resulting in a streamlined and coordinated delivery process between base build and racking installation.

Our experience in and knowledge of coordinating the separate contractors’ works – including spatial planning, service provision and scheduling – provided excellent value to Fashion Biz. This resulted in operations commencing early in the new year, allowing for a seamless business transition.

Sustainable building design was achieved, with extensive roof solar panels and sensor lights throughout the office and warehouse space.

APP adhered meticulously to project requirements throughout, providing Fashion Biz with a reliable asset, tested and commissioned, ready for safe occupation.

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