Mainbrace Constructions, a specialist in the retail sector, has been tapped to provide infrastructure for Melbourne’s Hilton Foods, a key player in of one of Woolworths’ fresh food distribution centres.

Hilton Foods currently processes, packages and organises supply of high-quality fresh meat around Victoria for Woolworths from its Truganina facility. The supermarket giant is currently constructing a new fresh food distribution centre adjacent to the Hilton Foods location.

A new air bridge will connect the Woolworths site to Hilton Foods, and Mainbrace will handle the connection on the Hilton Foods side. The project will coordinate the internal link between the air bridge with the existing dispatch area.

Mainbrace, which has previously delivered multiple projects for Woolworths including new stores, refurbishments and upgrades, has also held a Health Safety, Environment and Quality Supervisory Role for internal works in the Hilton Foods facility undertaken by Vanderlande.

Vanderlande originally installed the Hilton Foods site’s robotics and automation equipment, and currently provides service and maintenance.

As part of these new internal works, Vanderlande will provide new automation including an updated platform in the load-out area of the facility.

Mainbrace’s role in the collaborate project is multi-layered and commenced in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) capacity with Woolworths which includes the design, cost planning, construction methodology and programming.

“Early Contractor Involvement is a service which enables us to work with clients at the conceptual phase of a project in order to value engineer an optimal solution that we know, based on our experience, will be efficiently deliverable once the project moves to the construction phase,” says Craig Dunlop, Mainbrace VIC Interiors Manager.

The air bridge project takes Mainbrace into the construction management phase, with the contract valued at approximately $2 million. The works will draw on Mainbrace’s extensive experience in completing complex projects in a live environment, enabling clients to maintain their operations.

“As retail evolves, we are supporting our clients at different stages in the retail supply chain to help them achieve new efficiencies in their operations. This project with Woolworths, Hilton Foods and Vanderlande is a prime example,” Dunlop says.

“We have coordinated a detailed construction program in the context of a live food production and dispatch environment, in collaboration with the logistics team to sequence work to suit inbound and outbound times.”

The collaborative program of works has a scheduled completion date of 2021.

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