PFD's monster new distribution centre

Tuesday, 09 October, 2018 | Supplied by: Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd


PFD Food Services engaged Vaughan Constructions under a Design & Construct contract to deliver a new facility that allows them to significantly expand operations, cementing PFD’s position within Australia’s $21.6 billion wholesale grocery market.

The 25,484 m2 distribution centre is located adjacent to PDF’s existing site in Knoxville, East Melbourne, and has a dedicated seafood processing space, refrigerated food storage and dry food stores.

The 14 m-high facility boasts:

  • refrigerated warehouse distribution space and food manufacturing areas
  • 8500 m2 of freezer space
  • 5500 m2 cool room
  • 25 loading docks
  • a 1.5 million-litre capacity recycled rainwater system
  • a dedicated truck wash and maintenance area
  • staff amenities including generous breakout spaces, a wellness room and landscaped outdoor areas
  • a premium grade office.

Vaughan Constructions, asked Askin Performance Panels to manufacture and install 38,500 m2 of XFLAM panel throughout the 25,500 m2 office, refrigerated warehouse and distribution space which included multiple cool rooms and freezers.

Askin also supplied hinged chiller and freezer doors, sliding chiller and freezer doors, insulated sectional doors and vertical lift insulated panel doors.

Over 20 weeks, Askin installed, on average, 2000 m2 of XFLAM Panel each week. A minimum of four dedicated installation crews (30 plus installers) were used, resulting in multiple areas being built simultaneously. XFLAM’s span lengths meant that less steelwork was required so installation was faster and more efficient.

PFD Food Services distribution centre complies with all relevant building codes.

Phone: 03 9347 2611
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