National Distribution Depot
This large & complex project (in excess of £900,000), for a food & grocery distributor, has been one of Teccon's most complicated & diverse contracts to date. The Midlands based depot has undergone a massive rip out & rebuild as part of a £10.5m refurbishment & extension of the whole site.
When it opened in 1989, the depot was 'state of the art', with sophisticated, automated Kosan conveyors, but in today's demanding business climate, the system was too slow & inflexible, so the owners, agreed a "Simplification Plan" of the entire site, including major improvements & extensions to the warehouse & Goods In/Out areas. However, the key to the huge project's success was getting the work done while maintaining existing operations – & without disrupting it's pick & delivery service to stores.
Teccon was selected to dismantle & strip out thousands of tons of steel & timber - including sortation units, sprinklers, lighting & guide rails, as well as 8,000m of conveyors - & install 10,000 pallets of Dexion Speedlock Adjustable Pallet Racking in the wide aisle warehouse.
The contract was won after beating off tough European competition in a six-way tender.
Teccon have worked on other big retail logistics projects, so we have a good track record however there could not be the risk to have any impact on the daily operations or service to stores. "Flexibility was the key to the whole project and our solution enabled the whole racking plan to remain on track."
The biggest challenge of Teccon's five month assignment at the busy, working, site was delivering the rip out & installation, alongside other contract teams.
With space, time & team numbers all heavily constrained, critical daily planning & communication meetings were held between various teams, to keep all key personnel up to speed with targets for the day & to focus on health & safety issues.
The warehouse project was meticulously planned, with a whole series of phases to enable various stock areas to be cleared & moved for the contracting teams, & for their own just-in-time deliveries. The warehouse had just a single Goods In Area, so as well as the client's own deliveries arriving & going out, all our materials had to use the same entrance & exit. Obviously that meant that our forward planning had to be accurately staged but we also needed to be adaptable to work around any last minute project changes or delays, as well as the warehouse staff, forklift trucks & the army of other contractors all working on the floor.
The project was 24-7, including Bank Holidays & the 25-strong team, had to work within rigid work cycles to progress each phase.
"We had to finish stripping out each phase by Saturday afternoon. The electricians then moved in to do their work over the weekend, so on Monday we were able to start on the new racking but we only had a couple of days before the labellers moved in & the new sprinklers could be installed. The client could then move products across to fill the new racks."
The site "have been delighted" with the success of the project.
"We're very pleased with the way the project work has gone so far. It's been 10 months in the programming stages, so to see it come together so well is very pleasing. We've worked with Teccon in the past &, again, Teccon has done a great job – they’ve performed excellently. Everyone has worked well together."
Teccon would like to add : "It's been a pleasure to work on this project. Our team has worked very hard & we’ve been smack on target, with great relationships all round."