Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has completed another development project, with the new extension to Building N set to improve cold chain management and increase efficiencies for wholesaler Tenant, Alfred E. Chave.
The 610 m² PIR insulated panel extension will provide additional storage and packing areas for Alfred E. Chave, together with an awning to the entrance to the existing dry storage area. The works also included the creation of 19 replacement parking spaces at the southern elevation of the warehouse.
Joint Managing Director, Paul Joseph, said that Alfred E. Chave had transformed a lot over the last few years and had an increasing requirement for more temperature-controlled picking space.
“The extension was designed to be a high care room for highly perishable produce, such as herbs, baby leaves, salads, beans, corn, and the like,” Mr Joseph said.
“It allows us to pick orders throughout the night and the extension provides a staging area to keep produce optimal temperatures longer to better service our Buyers.”
According to Mr Joseph, not only would the new extension improve the Buyer experience, it would also create efficiencies within the business.
“In the original space, we were finding that our storage rooms were getting congested at peak times and staff had to wait for others to complete their tasks. The extension is our opportunity to reduce this congestion,” he said.
The project was started in September 2022, with the extension handed over to the Tenant in mid-February. The extension has increased the gross lettable area of the building from 1,516 m² to 2,126 m².
BML Managing Director, Andrew Young said, “This is yet another construction project which will improve infrastructure at the Brisbane Markets and another example of BML investing in the site to support Tenant’s growing business needs.”
Mr Joseph said that working with BML and builder, SBP Australia, was a straightforward process.
“We had a good grasp on what our requirements were and SBP has extensive experience in building cold rooms, they are really great to work with, and with BML’s oversight, you now that everything will be completed properly,” Mr Joseph said. Close