Chilleweni Cold Storage Solutions provides cold storage and refrigerated logistics services to several of South Africa’s largest brands within the frozen food market.  Their new, larger and more improved home in the Randport Industrial Park is strategically located adjacent to the Elands Interchange, a major transport node situated in the well-established industrial hub of Gosforth Park, Germiston.  A fresh design approach has given rise to a unique building which compliments the strategic and locational benefits of the building. The harmonious choice of structural elements combined with technology, technical aesthetics, colour, and material has resulted in a visually appealing industrial building fit for purpose. It is a building which enhances the experience of the user and adds value to the immediate context.

  Why steel was chosen for this project Steel speeds up the construction period and is highly recyclable, meaning it can be capitalized on by future generations. It also limits the operational costs during construction.  Further reduction in operational costs was achieved through careful selection of material colour, insulation and use of Low-emissivity glass.  Office HVAC system designed with reduced chilled glycol supply temperatures to optimise HVAC equipment capital cost and utilize highly efficient primary ammonia plant operating at a Coefficient of Performance of 4.93. Waste heat from compressor discharge used to mechanically dehumidify the receiving and despatch area. All condensate from blower coils harvested and re-utilized for heat rejection in condensers. Highly efficient, two-stage ammonia plant operating at a Low-Temperature Coefficient of Performance of 5.62 and a Medium-Temperature Coefficient of Performance of 4.93. Decreased TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact) vs synthetic and other natural refrigerant options evaluated due to reduced primary and secondary emissions. All-natural refrigerant designed with zero Ozone Depletion Potential and Global Warming Potential. Integral compressor oil cooling providing waste heat for underfloor glycol to prevent frost heave. Notable elements of the project include

  • Longest known freezer in SA, possibly Africa with single throw fans: 55.95m
  • Integral compressor oil cooling providing waste heat for underfloor glycol to prevent frost heave.
  • Bespoke in-rack blast freezers installed inside the main freezer chambers allowing for integrated blast freezing utilising primary room coils as opposed to dedicated blast freezer room.
  • Construction period of 8 months. Most facilities this size take 10 months to a year to complete.

Industrial buildings are characterised by standard ‘archetypal features’ such as large unbroken facades, blank walls, large spans of repetitive faces and materials which integrate various engineering structures and equipment.  Through careful artistic treatment, systematic arrangement and sensible proportioning of these main and pronounced features, the repetitive appearance of a ‘standard’ industrial building was avoided.  Instead, the harmonious choice of structural elements combined with technical aesthetics, colour and materials resulted in a visually appealing industrial building fit for purpose, one which enhances the experience of the user while adding value to its immediate context. Chilleweni Cold Storage Solutions provides cold storage and refrigerated logistics services to several of South Africa’s largest brands within the frozen food market. Through well thought out spatial arrangements coupled with quality finishes and design, the user experience is positively enhanced. Low emissivity glazing and strategically positioned windows allow natural light to filter deep into the office space.  It connects the user to the amazing vistas surrounding the site. The office HVAC system is designed with reduced chilled glycol supply temperatures to optimise HVAC equipment efficiency and performance to create a comfortable climate at a reduced operational cost while reducing environmental impact. The staff/ back of house facilities share the same amenity and are not segregated from the main office portion. Project motivation editorials are provided by the project nominator. If any technical details, company names or product names are incorrect, please notify the SAISC so that the error can be corrected.

STRUCTURAL STEELWORK
Completion date of steelwork October 2018
Completion date of full project September 2018
Tons of structural steel used 210
Structural profiles used Hot and cold rolled profiles
CLADDING
Completion date of cladding October 2018
Cladding profile/ type used GRS Klip-Tite and GRS Klip-Lok 700
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 11 002m² / 58.310 tons
PROJECT TEAM COMPANY
Nominator Global Roofing Solutions
Client/ Developer Zenprop Property Holdings
Architect Empowered Spaces Architects
Structural Engineer DG Consulting Engineers
Engineer DG Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor Schoombie Hartmann
Project Manager Capex Projects
Main Contractor Akhane Construction
Steelwork Contractors Steel Band Construction CC/ SE Steel Fabrication (Pty) Ltd
Steel Erectors Steel Band Construction CC/ SE Steel Fabrication (Pty) Ltd
Cladding Manufacturer Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Supplier Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Contractor Cladco
Cladding and Roofing Global Roofing Solutions
Steel Detailer KRU Detailing

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