WSP in Africa, one of the largest multidisciplinary engineering consulting firms on the continent, received multiple awards, including Overall winner, at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2018.
One of their winning projects was the Shoprite Checkers Cilmor Distribution Centre. This greenfield project received accolades in two categories, including the Safintra Factory and Warehouse Category and the Global Roofing Solutions Metal Cladding Category.
The Shoprite Group’s centre located in Cilmor Street in Brackenfell, Cape Town, is described by the group as one of the most technologically advanced distribution centres on the continent. Spanning 123 000m², the DC consolidates the activities of five different distribution centres spread across Cape Town. Construction began in February 2016 and the completed built project consisted of multiple buildings, where the main buildings comprise warehouses for Drygoods and Returns and a Cold Storage Facility.
As part of this project, external peripheral buildings were also constructed, namely, truck and truckwash facilities, offices, guardhouse, truck refuelling and central generator plant.
WSP was appointed for the full project scope (stage 1-6) for the following services: structural design of warehouse floors and super structures; HVAC, wet services, electrical, smoke detection, vertical transportation, fire (CFD modelling only), bulk fuel storage, refrigeration and insulation.