New contract wins from Asda, Prologis and Waitrose have already set the tone for another successful year for Hörmann's industrial division.
The new Waitrose national distribution centre in Milton Keynes being developed by Gazeley, is set to be one of the largest ever constructed in the UK. Hörmann's projects division is managing the installation of 70 double-deck loading bays on this high-profile site which follows on from work completed for the supermarket at its recently opened Leyland distribution centre.
Similarly, Hörmann is now working on the new, 600,000 sq ft Asda distribution centre in Warrington following the completion of successful projects for the retail giant at Grangemouth, Rochdale and Avonmouth.
As with other Asda sites, the equipment of each loading bay is fully integrated through the control panel. Externally the bays are equipped with wheel locks and a driver button that activates the loading door and bay controls, only when the driver confirms the vehicle is parked safely and securely in the correct position.
This safety feature has been pioneered by Asda and Hörmann. Originally, the Asda control sequence was adapted to the loading bay panel on site, however, the complete integrated panel is now factory manufactured by Hörmann and is available as a standard option for all projects.
Work on spec builds for Prologis, at Dunstable and Ryton, show a similar co-operative design approach. As part of the desire to maximise the sustainability of its developments, Prologis has been working to add flexibility and adaptability to its warehouse stock. The latest development is the installation of a pedestal loading bay inside the building, instead of outside with a dock house. This will allow a future tenant to install a scissor lift loading system in this bay area, simply by unbolting and removing this unit.
Also at Ryton, Hörmann is installing 118 loading bays in a distribution hub being developed for UK mail. This centre will have to handle over 300 vehicle movements every-night between 10pm and 2:30am which makes the loading bays critical to overall efficiency.
For Hörmann's project team the diversity of work helps to maintain the goal of continual improvement as new ideas, products and practices are developed to meet the latest advances in technology and systems design.