In 2000, Shoprite Checkers contacted WSP to provide HVAC, electrical, refrigeration, insulation, fire detection, smoke ventilation, sprinklers and access/security control at its Centurion Distribution Centre and Office Park. The sheer size of the site and buildings required somewhat unusual approaches to be considered. Firstly, the distances between buildings dictated an 11kV supply, with a two-part bulk electricity tariff providing opportunities for consumer load management. Secondly, the size of the dry goods store required novel approaches to its internal distribution.
In 2009, some nine years after the first phase (the dry goods storage facility) of the warehouse was developed, Shoprite extended the warehouse with a 50 000m2 warehouse facility, a 16 000m2 returns area and two-storey office building, staff facilities, a 4 000m2 safety store, a truck repair centre, a truck refuelling depot and new generator plant housing. For this extension, they commissioned WSP to provide all the structural, mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and wet services engineering services.
And in 2011, following the successful Centurion extension, Shoprite Checkers extended its Durban Distribution Centre with a dry goods warehouse, return centre. Safety store and perishable facility. Once again, WSP was called into provide all structural, mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and wet services engineering services.