Woolworths in partnership with European based food distribution company Hilton Food Group engaged Vaughan Constructions to build Woolworths’ primary meat and distribution facility for Victoria.
The facility is regarded as a benchmark globally and the reference point to similar facilities planned across the country.
The project includes a 6,200m2 production and processing area, 9,510m2 warehouse/storage area, 6,800m2 mezzanine storage/technical department and 2300m2 office/ hygiene area.
The robotic and conveyor system is at the core of the building’s design. Meat is transported from the production area to the warehouse via a series of conveyors before being sorted and stacked by robots ready for dispatch.
The refrigeration system utilises a centralised ammonia refrigeration plant and services the refrigerated areas via secondary glycol refrigerant. In addition a roof mounted C02 system controls a -25 degree storage freezer.
The entire building is controlled or monitored by a complex system called “SCADA” which provides control of remote equipment and monitors operation 24 hours a day.