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Argos - Barton under Needwood

Argos Regional Distribution Centre - Barton under Needwood

Argos’ 60,000 m2 operation at Barton-under- Needwood is highly automated and includes a Centre for Direct Imports. It enables the company to control product availability and reduce costs. It's also the central distribution centre for small products delivered to stores and homes nationwide.

The brief
Working on behalf of main contractor Norwest Holst we were commissioned to provide an HVAC system at the site. This would involve working in four distinct spaces. These were:

  • densely racked high bay area with an average height of 30m
  • low bay area for receiving and dispatching
  • low bay racking area
  • two-level mezzanine with a height of 6m on each level

The solution

Each area had a different termperature control criteria:

  • frost protection at 10°C within the high bay
  • 16°C in the the receiving and dispatch and low bay areas
  • 18°C in the mezzanine area 

All plants were designed to operate with a minimum of 10 per cent fresh air in the winter with the capability to supply 100 per cent fresh air in the summer.

Specific requirements:

  • 30m high bay area
  • fast track installation programmem
  • maintenance-free operating space

Technical data

Data High bay Low bay Total
Length (m) 176 220  
Width (m) 107 170  
Average height (m) 30 14  
Floor area (m²) 18,832 37,400 56,232
Volume 564,960 523,600 1,088,560
Number of units/ systems 1 3 4
Heater types Indirect gas Indirect gas  

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