Reckitt Benckiser may not be a household name in Australia, but the health, hygiene and household products it distributes in more than 60 countries worldwide certainly are, with names like Nurofen, Dettol, Harpic, Clearasil, Scholl and Airwick used in millions of homes daily.
Now, the company itself is enjoying a new home at Goodman’s Oakdale Industrial Estate in Horsley Park, NSW, just the latest of many projects designed and built by Qanstruct for Goodman over the years.
The $28.7 million facility consolidates Reckitt Benckiser’s round-the-clock distribution operations under one roof, streamlining the receipt, order fulfilment and dispatch of goods and providing a convenient, well-appointed work environment for staff.
The vast majority of the nearly 36,000m2 facility is dedicated to an extensive, fully-racked warehouse featuring climate-controlled loading docks with integrated dock levellers, work and rework areas, and two specialised storage areas: a 7,350m2 Dangerous Goods Stores and 3,500m2 Temperature-Controlled Store, which have allowed the company to expand into additional product categories, attracting new brands into its growing stable.
The warehouse is complemented by two-storey office facilities and on-site carparking for a maximum of 150 staff, including a designated shift overlap and visitor carparking area.
The project presented several challenges including the installation of 22 mechanical plant units on the roof, a task which required a heli-lift, and the construction of the Dangerous Goods store. The store, which is rated to store goods including flammable gases and liquids, corrosive substances and other dangerous goods, had stringent requirements for ventilation, smoke control and fire separation measures, and of course properly rated fire sprinkler systems.
Working closely with the client, Fire Rescue NSW and SafeWork NSW, Qanstruct completed the mandatory Fire Safety Study and ensured the new facility meets all requirements for a Major Hazard Facility and for FM Global Insurance.
With ecological sustainability high on Reckitt Benckiser’s priority list, extensive rainwater harvesting was incorporated into the designs and LED lighting solutions were used both internally and externally. After completion, the company also installed solar panels.
These impressive new facilities, together with the site’s strategic location next to a major B-Double truck route, results in faster, more efficient and more convenient distribution of product around NSW and across the country…24/7.