Growthpoint Properties’ development of the new Bakers Transport warehousing, distribution and office facility in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, scooped two coveted category awards and a commendation at the Unica Steel Awards 2020.
The facade of the project won the Safintra South Africa metal cladding category, the development won the factory and warehouse category, and finally it was awarded a commendation in the architectural category.
Modern new facility
Growthpoint creates space to thrive with innovative and sustainable property solutions. Its development for leading logistics company, Bakers Transport, delivered a modern distribution and storage warehouse of 25 700m², with an office and administration building of 3 000m².
“This was a purpose-built warehouse and office development, which consolidated several distribution centres into a single centre. Growthpoint led the development’s quality, programme and financial management, with Bakers Transport being a close partner in the development process. This resulted in an impressive facility that is contemporary, highly functional and efficient but also aesthetically pleasing,” explains Rudolf Pienaar, Growthpoint’s Chief Development and Investment Officer.
He noted that collaboration is crucial for development excellence. “Our trading and development team worked closely with Bakers Transport and an excellent professional team, including Ries Shaw Architects. The development and project management of Bakers Transport Cato Ridge is among our biggest industrial sector achievements.
“Of course, it helped that Growthpoint has a well-established relationship with Bakers Transport. We previously partnered to develop its tailormade facility in Samrand, so our team already had a good understanding of its business needs and operational priorities,” adds Leon Labuschagne, Growthpoint’s Head of Development: Industrial.
Design becomes local landmark
The new Bakers Transport facility is on a triangular sloping site alongside the N3 Highway. The warehouse with its undercover, saw-tooth dock is positioned for excellent vehicle access and circulation. It is on the most elevated part of the site, with extensive highway visibility.
Despite the vast difference in scale between the warehouse and office block, the development’s buildings are designed to create a harmonious group. The detailed design, which uses 204 tons of steel cladding, exudes the sleek, effortless linear quality associated with steel buildings.
As one of the first major developments in the Cato Ridge area, the Bakers Transport buildings have become a landmark. The world-class development team introduced several innovative strategies to manage this. The site’s pond doesn’t only add to its aesthetics but performs essential functions – it supports the site’s stormwater management and harvests and filters greywater.
Sustainability in action
The building also takes a unique approach to mitigating the build-up of warehouse wind pressure because of the strong winds that prevail in the area. Its design includes a mechanical system of extractor fans and roller shutters, all triggered by wind sensors.
A fine-tuned combination of low-energy lighting and natural light ensures the warehouse is energy efficient. Louvres, screens, deep eaves and solar performance glazing help to moderate internal temperatures and further reduce its energy consumption.
“We are pleased and humbled that its excellence has been recognised by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),” Pienaar concludes.
For more information, contact Growthpoint Properties Limited:
Tel: +27 11 944 6251
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