Efficient, well designed, temperature controlled storage is essential for maintaining food quality and ISD Solutions, a leader in composite panel cold store construction, has been working with supermarket brands and independent grocers to deliver the very best, high-performance chilled and frozen storage – from complete warehouse solutions to off-the-peg walk in cold stores.
For example the company will complete 30 cold store projects for Waitrose during 2014, on top of the 25 projects delivered during 2013. These include a mix of new supermarkets and convenience stores, e-commerce facilities supporting the Waitrose online brand, as well as store improvement projects in existing branches.
Projects typically involve the construction of freezer rooms with temperatures down to minus 28 degrees, together with meat and dairy chillers and then cold storage for fruit and vegetables.
Each cold store is designed and constructed to provide an airtight, thermally efficient storage environment, ensuring low energy consumption and reduced lifetime running costs, with less strain on the refrigeration units. The approach complements the retailer’s energy efficiency innovations to drive down energy costs, while keeping food fresh for longer.
Andy Hudspith, retail divisional director for ISD Solutions, says: “Delivering high performance cold storage facilities for Waitrose within project timeframes, and at the same time achieving strict environmental targets, remains a key focus for our design, manufacturing and installation teams. With 30 projects already completed this year we are working hard to ensure Waitrose has the best facilities to keep food fresh for longer and to drive down refrigeration energy costs.”
Single envelope construction techniques using composite panels is also changing conventional cold store warehouse design, leading to faster build times, reduced construction expenditure and improved lifetime energy costs.
Due to open in 2015 Aldi’s new super-efficient cold store distribution centre at Goldthorpe, near Barnsley, for example uses ISD Solutions’ high performance single envelope design approach. The multi-million pound development, including warehouse, chilled food storage areas and office space, totalling 52,000 m2, will serve Aldi’s growing portfolio of stores across South and West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
The single envelope design was chosen as it produces a structure that is faster and more cost effective to build, requiring less supporting steelwork than conventional structures, with significantly improved thermal properties.
ISD Solutions has been working with Aldi across a number of in-store frozen and chilled food storage solutions and this is the company’s first stand-alone warehouse project for the store group.
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