Heron Brothers Ltd, the award-winning construction and property development company which operates throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, has commenced construction of a new 25,000 m2 distribution centre at Nutt’s Corner, Antrim for Sysco Ireland. Albert Fry Associates are proud to be providing civil and structural engineering consultancy services to HBL.
The development, part of a £23 million investment, is a key part of Sysco’s strategy consolidating the business as the leading foodservice provider on the island of Ireland. The site location is strategically important allowing Sysco excellent connectivity to serve their customers in the north of Ireland and beyond. Once complete in April 2024, the facility will manage over 10,000 food products, with 70% sourced locally, with guaranteed next day delivery.
The steel framed structure, designed for future expansion, accommodates blast freezer, raw cooler, dry warehousing, a cold dock and two storey Grade A office accommodation. Challenges posed by variable ground conditions were economically mitigated by geotechnical remediation employing lime-stabilisation.
Sustainability is a key consideration in the design which incorporates roof mounted solar panels, rainwater harvesting and advanced heat pump technology, as well as providing electric vehicle chargers for both staff and fleet vehicles.
Nutt’s Corner, Co Antrim
Heron Brothers Ltd