McLaren carried out the construction and fit-out of an ambient and chilled distribution warehouse for the UK’s only online supermarket, Ocado. The warehouse is in close proximity to the River Thames.

The scheme provides 560,000 sq ft of distribution space, with 72 dock and 16 level access doors, along with 27,857 sq ft of office accommodation, a VMU building, a staff shop and extensive external works, including landscaping and a surface car park for 326 cars and 287 HGVs.

Sitting on pre-cast concrete driven piles the steel portal frame warehouse was clad in composite panels.

The project comprised a large cut and fill exercise with extensive remediation. The enabling and demolition works involved processing the soils, breaking up old foundations and recycling/reusing the waste within the new works, and crushing and screening the heavily reinforced concrete to generate shingles and sand, which were necessary for the whole of the permanent works.

The project also involved the excavation of 258334 sq ft of earth from borrow pits to generate the temporary material to construct the earthworks profiles, capping off with the generated crushed material.