Growthpoint’s Bakers Transport development receives two esteemed awards

Growthpoint Properties’ development of the new Bakers Transport
warehousing, distribution and office facility in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal has
received two coveted category awards and a commendation at the recent Unica
Steel Awards 2020.

The project won the Factory and Warehouse category and the Safintra
South Africa Metal Cladding category, earning a commendation for the
architectural category.

Rudolf Pienaar, Growthpoint’s Chief Development, and Investment
Officer says collaboration is crucial for development excellence and
Growthpoint’s Trading & Development Team worked closely with Bakers
Transport and an excellent professional team, including Ries Shaw Architects.

The development and project management of Bakers Transport Cato Ridge is among our biggest industrial sector achievements. We are pleased and humbled that its architectural excellence has been recognised by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC)”.

Growthpoint’s development for leading logistics
company Bakers Transport is a modern distribution and storage warehouse of 25 700sqm
with an office and administration building of 3 000sqm.

This was a turnkey warehouse and office development, which consolidated several distribution centres into a single centre. Growthpoint led the development’s quality, programme, and financial management, with Bakers Transport being a close partner in the development process. This resulted in an impressive facility that is contemporary, highly functional and efficient but also aesthetically pleasing,” explains Pienaar.

Leon Labuschagne, Growthpoint’s Head of Industrial Development says it helped that Growthpoint has a well-established relationship with Bakers Transport. “We previously partnered to develop its tailor-made facility in Samrand, so our team already had a good understanding of their business needs and operational priorities”.

The new Bakers Transport facility is on a
triangular, sloping site alongside the N3 Highway. The warehouse with its
undercover, saw-tooth dock is positioned for excellent vehicle access and
circulation. It is on the most elevated part of the site, with extensive highway
visibility. The building’s vibrant colour and sleek and striking angular
features stand out on the horizon. The office block
is closer to the highway alongside a beautiful pond that creates a natural
barrier between the busy national road and provides a pleasing view for staff.

Despite the vast difference in scale between
the warehouse and office block, the development’s buildings are designed to
create a harmonious group. The detailed design, which uses 204 tons of steel
cladding, exudes the sleek, effortless linear quality associated with steel

As one of the first major developments in the
Cato Ridge area, the Bakers Transport buildings have become a landmark. Being
first to undertake a major project in an upcoming prime industrial node posed
several challenges when developing the premium facility, specifically water
infrastructure. The world-class development team introduced several innovative
strategies to manage this. The site’s pond does not only add to its aesthetics
but performs essential functions; it supports the site’s stormwater management
and harvests and filters greywater.

The building also takes a unique approach to mitigating the build-up of warehouse wind pressure because of the strong winds that prevail in the area. Its design includes a mechanical system of extractor fans and roller shutters, all triggered by wind sensors.

fine-tuned combination of low-energy lighting and natural light ensures the
warehouse is energy efficient. Louvres, screens, deep eaves, and solar
performance glazing help to moderate internal temperatures and further reduce
its energy consumption.

Labuschagne notes
the materials used in the development played a key role in its functionality
and financial feasibility.

A design that
heroes steel allows extensive off-site fabrication and fast on-site
erection and installation. Large roof spans permit high volume spaces with
fewer internal columns. Structurally efficient, lightweight construction
enables cost-effective structures
” he concludes.

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