Logistics facilities - a home for distribution and transport

At first glance, the only purpose of a logistics facility is temporary storage. In reality however, they are important centres for the turnaround of goods. Along with sufficient storage capacity, this type of large hall building typically also contains additional office and management space. So that logistics are implemented correctly and the cost-efficiency of goods turnaround can be maximised, there are many important factors to be considered during the building design.

Design concepts carefully conceived for perfect logistics

Above all other factors, the location of the site plays an important role in the construction of a logistics facility. The facility must be as well connected as possible to trans-regional transportation infrastructure: a central location shortens transit routes, saving both time and expenses. Furthermore, construction of a logistics facility presents similar challenges to that of a warehouse. The products that will be stored there determine the appropriate insulation and climate control for the building, and the current storage capacity needs as well as adaptability to future requirements must equally be considered. Since the facility will host not just storage but also goods turnaround, appropriate areas for both these activities must be planned into the building. Today, logistics is Germany’s third biggest industry, and approaches to it are under constant optimisation. A flexible configuration of logistics facility buildings, including the possibility of future extension, creates the best possible conditions to quickly adapt to changes in the market.

High-functioning logistics facilities and your bottom-line

Time is money. In the distribution industry this adage is especially true. To persevere in today’s marketplace, goods turnaround must be accomplished effectively and without any lost time. Circulation routes within the facility, and indeed in the wider business premises, are therefore particularly important considerations. To enable the quick and reliable shipping of goods, modern logistics facility systems boast door mechanisms designed for easy vehicle approach. A sufficiently large floor space within the facility itself allows fork-lifts and other retrieval vehicles to manoeuvre unimpeded. The building foundations must have sufficient load-bearing capacity to deal with what can be considerable exertion. Especially where damp-sensitive goods are to be stored, we recommend the use of a bitumen-based damp proofing layer, and where rising ground water is a consideration, impermeable concrete serves as an ideal damp proofing layer.

Construction systems for logistics facilities

A logistics facility can be built using any one of the conventional methods of warehouse-style construction. Steel structures are especially flexible: such systems are both budget-friendly and expandable. Where necessary, the facility can be extended in all three dimensions. The construction can also be implemented using the concrete warehouse method. This hard construction method offers particularly broad options with regard to configuration. Concrete, as a highly durable material, can be economically used throughout the lifecycle of the facility. Both construction methods can be subjected to highly bespoke planning: the inclusion of office or lavatory sections is easily achieved.

We let our wealth of experience in warehouse-style building supplement the construction of your logistics facility. Simply get in touch and we can produce, on the basis of your requirements, a first-draft project plan as well as a carefully-considered cost estimate.

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