Following on from their continuing growth B&M were looking to open a Southern DC to support their Southern Stores. A site had been identified and LPC were initially retained to carry out a validation of the proposals for the site prior to submission of planning applications by the developer. The high level brief was to validate the requirement for a 1 million square foot warehouse with consideration to automation.
Topics: Warehouse Design
At the point LPC were retained, the site had already been selected with an outline design having been produced.
During due-diligence it soon became evident that the flexibility of internal layout and operational facilities required by the client could not be met by the initial design.
In order to meet the business needs, LPC determined the warehouse storage and materials handling system design and specification, materials flow planning, definition of work processes and procedures, warehouse building design and preparation of performance specifications. This also extended to the warehouse site layout planning and office layouts both for main office and warehouse office.