Tesco Distribution Centre, Donabate

Tesco Distribution Centre, Donabate

Client: Tesco
Contractor: Euromech
Type of works: design and supply of 250 specialist storage and shelving bays, in addition to the supply of Musca Anti-Collapse wire-mesh back panels.

Industrial storage and partitioning specialist, Troax UK Limited, has designed and supplied a series of 250 specialist storage and shelving bays for Tesco at their new distribution centre in Donabate, near Dublin in Eire. The wire-mesh storage bays are located at ground level throughout high-pallet racking at the new warehouse.

Troax developed the innovative storage solution in response to Tesco’s brief to maximise storage space within the new warehouse. The project, which was carried out in conjunction with main contractor Euromech, involved building new shelving bays to provide denser storage capacity for smaller items such as homewares, textiles, cosmetics, electrical items and some food and pharmaceuticals.

The new storage solution has proved extremely effective, enabling Tesco to create 25 additional product locations for each single pallet location that has been removed, providing storage for a much higher volume of merchandise within the same floor area.

Another advantage of the new shelving systems is their ease of installation and adjustability. Troax custom-designed a new fitting for the Tesco project which makes the shelving particularly easy to assemble and also to adjust if required in the future, keeping installation time, and therefore costs, down.

To further increase storage density and flexibility, Troax’s vertical mesh divider panels were installed throughout the shelving, creating separate storage compartments for different types of merchandise. This allows the shelving to be fully utilised and easily accessible and so is particularly suitable for these types of non-palletised goods.

The wire-mesh divider panels also improve fire protection and safety standards. In the event of a fire, the wire-mesh design permits smoke and heat to filter through to trigger smoke-detection systems and allows the effective penetration of sprinkler systems. As a further safety measure, Troax also supplied its Musca Anti-Collapse wire-mesh back panels to prevent items falling from the shelving and injuring personnel working nearby.

Commenting on the project, Patrick McCarthy at Euromech said: “Troax developed an excellent solution to meet Tesco’s storage requirements. The quality of their shelving is second to none; it’s well designed, high quality and the workmanship and finish is excellent.”

“Troax have great expertise when it comes to devising this type of tailor-made equipment solution. For example, they designed a new type of fitting to make it quicker and easier to install the shelving, and to adjust it in the future, providing Tesco with exceptional flexibility. Their service is excellent - we received regular progress reports throughout and the equipment was delivered on time. Tesco is very happy with the storage systems and are now considering using them at other warehouses.”

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