Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Fit-out deal for Culina DC throws up “considerable savings”


Warehouse and distribution property specialist sbh has delivered a turn-key service for Culina Logistics at its purpose-built 190,000 sq ft multi-temperature distribution centre in Haverhill, Suffolk.

sbh acted as agent to the third-party logistics provider and struck a deal which involved consolidating fit-out costs into the rent, which has led to “considerable savings” for Culina.

Fit-out works inside the 12.70m internal height building included installing refrigeration facilities for chilled storage (+2C to +5C), pallet racking, mechanical and electrical services, the staff kitchen and canteen and energy monitoring systems.

sbh helped to locate the site and managed the fit-out specification and installation of storage equipment, systems, and other facilities.

The distribution centre, located on a 12-acre site, comprises a 178,600 sq ft, 17,932 pallet capacity warehouse, and 18,470 sq ft of offices, canteen, staff facilities and control room, with 25 loading docks. Outside there is parking for 210 cars and 62 commercial vehicles.

Rien Brakel, group operations director, Culina, says: “Haverhill has already made a big impact on our service to customers and is helping to sustain our long-term strategy. sbh’s expertise in the field proved to be invaluable throughout the entire project and they have provided us with an outstanding new addition to our multi-temperature network.”

Culina, which specialises in supply chain solutions for major or niche ambient and chilled brand manufacturers and distributors, currently operates nine multi-temperature centres and has chosen sbh to handle a similar project for its new Cabot Park, Bristol site.