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8  HARDWARE RETAILER



           New Cutting-Edge Massmart Distribution



          Centre Launches - One Of The Biggest Dc’s In



                                          The Western Cape




                       South Africa, Cape Town, November 2020; MASSMART’S brand-new,
                      cutting-edge centralised distribution centre for the Western Cape has
                       been completed and is one of the largest, and most impressive of its
                          kind in Cape Town, at just under 53 000 square metres in size.





                    his striking building,   where water can enter the building.   slab. Then they are lifted with
                    which is situated at    This is extremely important when    a crane and set on prepared
                    Brackengate 2, was      dealing with exceptionally large    foundations to form the exterior
                    jointly constructed for   roof areas.”                      walls or columns. This method,
          TMassmart by VDMV                                                     along with the Rheinzink cladding,
          Property Holdings and Redefine    “At the centre of the warehouse,    allowed us to build rapidly and
          Ltd, and is the second biggest    under the heart of the vaulted roof,   cost effectively, says Kleinjan.
          distribution centre for the retail   the height measures 15.5 metres.    The Massmart DC consists
          giant - with the Gauteng DC       The roof is at its lowest above the   predominantly of steel components
          measuring 70 000 square metres.    dock faces, where we only required   – and not traditional brick and
          Massmart’s previous DC in the     a 10-meter height clearance.        mortar.
          Western Cape measured only 19
          500 square metres.                The result is a volume that is high   “The structural steel elements
                                            at the apex and low around the      created the necessary framework
          Tyrone Kleinjan, development      perimeter - this resulted in a saving   to make use of unconventional
          manager for VDMV, explains that   in material and also allowed us to   practices such as the tilt-up
          VDMV and Redefine  contracted     reduce the size of the columns and   panes, Rheinzink Cladding and
          the services of Francois du Toit   foundations,” explains Kleinjan.   tilt-up columns. “A final important
          Architects (FD/A) to design the                                       design distinction in this project
          warehouse, as well as the services   “In terms of the façade, Rheinzink   was the change from conventional
          of Isipani Building Contractors to   Cladding was applied to a majority   concrete floors in the interior of
          carry out their visions.  Kleinjan   of the building to create a modern   the warehouse to Steel Fibre
          unpacks some of the modern        industrial look. This material is   Reinforced Floors.
          design element that differentiates   a titanium zinc alloy that is a
          this world class warehouse:       sustainable resource (zinc is       The main rationale behind this was
                                            an element that is abundantly       to create a flooring system that has
          Innovative design, materials and   available), has longevity (zinc is   fewer joints therefore decreasing
          construction methods              resistant to corrosion) and it is   maintenance and repair
          “The Massmart DC boasts           recyclable. It is maintenance free   requirements in the future - and
          a beautiful, high, curved and     and has a service life of +/- 150   facility down time during repairs.
          seamless roof – which measures    years.
          over 60 000 square metres -                                           These floors also provide greater
          making it one of the largest single   “We also opted for tilt-up panels   comfort to forklift operations as the
          roof surfaces in Cape Town.       and columns, which is an innovative   joints are smooth and so deliver a
          The most important element in     method that allows for the rapid    shock and vibration free surface.”
          warehouse design is the shape of   construction of concrete walls and   Sustainable elements and a
          the roof, and the Massmart DC has   columns.  It is a two-step process;   focus on green specifications.
          a continuous roof sheet system to   first, slabs of concrete are cast   In keeping with the need for all
          minimise any potential weak points   horizontally on the building floor   construction to embrace green
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